Canadian told he can't board flight home from Jamaica because of rule he didn't know existed
A 96-year-old Canadian man trying to get home from Jamaica was told he couldn't board his flight because of a travel rule he didn't know existed.
Johnson was told by an Air Canada agent that because her father is a dual Canadian citizen, he needs a valid Canadian passport to re-enter the country.Johnson said her father has travelled into Canada many times prior to 2016 without a Canadian passport and said they were both unaware the rules had changed.
"The Air Canada agent said if you need medication, then go see a doctor. She had no compassion.""It was suggested by someone that we could fly through America and then drive across the Canadian border," Johnson said. "The following day we went back to airport and booked a flight to Buffalo."
"He gets very confused. In Jamaica he thought because he didn’t have a Canadian passport that he was going to be arrested. It was a massive stress on his mind."Johnson and Smith were not reimbursed for their $1,500 fight back to Toronto and are also on the hook for approximately $1,000 in fees for the American Airlines flight to Buffalo.
CTV News Toronto has contacted Air Canada for comment on the issue.
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It is the law so not air canada’s fault or problem. What is the old line...”ignorance is not a defence from the law” Dual citizens = Canadians when convenient. He‘s a “Canadian” and he can’t even bother to keep a current Canadian passport handy. As a British citizen you don’t need a visa to enter Canada, why not use the loophole. Fly as a British citizen and when you get to Canada they would sort out the rest.
So happy he made it home safely. It would of been very scary for him. Thank you God, for keeping him safe. I do have empathy for the elderly gentleman. I wish the government would be as worried about people that are in the country illegally. and still we have thousands of random people walking into Canada 'irregularly' with no problem at all... but this gentleman gets caught in red tape.
Same old. Same old. I screwed up and it’s someone else’s fault. Sue them. Not sure how that's Air Canadas fault. The government of Canada changed the rules, airlines must follow them. I wouldn't expect to rely on the airline to tell me the rules changed, they would,rightly, assume you knew the rules, if you were travelling to another country.
Who goes to a foreign county with only enough critical medications to last the length of the trip and NOT ONE day longer? Foolish people, that's who. If this lady was so worried about her father, she sure as hell wasn't all that worried about him when she packed for him. its her responsibility to know the rules of travel. should have looked it up. don't feel sorry for them at all.
Next time I get pulled over I'm going to tell the cop I didn't know I couldn't speed, and then sue Honda for letting me do it.
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This is ridiculous. Dual citizenship should work easier for British /CDN than USA / CDN. After all the Queen is our Head of State. what an odd rule... after all a passport is just proof you are who you say you are.... Canadian govt just wanting fees from passports? Wow. If this happened to a Jamaican in Canada everyone would be screaming racist.
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