Friday, January 8, 2010



OTTAWA - Independent consultants have told Transport Canada to carry out a sweeping review of its contentious no-fly list.

The consultants hired by the department found a Montreal-area student should never have been barred from an Air Canada flight.

In a stinging assessment of the no-fly list, they recommend that Transport officials remove Hani Al Telbani's name from the roster.

The report was commissioned by Transport Canada's Office of Reconsideration, which reviews complaints from people prevented from flying because of their presence on the no-fly list.

Though completed in October 2008, it has only now come to light through the Federal Court of Canada, where Al Telbani is suing the government.

The no-fly list, which came into effect in June 2007, is intended to prevent people considered a threat to aviation security from boarding flights.