If your family is directly affected by the no fly list, please go HERE. Otherwise, if you are a concerned citizen, please follow the steps below.
Note: In response to our ongoing campaign and your voices of support, the government has created a Passenger Protect Inquiries Office (PPIO), where families of #NoFlyListKids can send inquiries on how their situations may be resolved. This is a positive step in the right direction. However, families that have applied to the PPIO, have thus far been met with an automated response that does not offer a solution to their problem. Therefore we ask for your continued support until we can confirm that our #NoFlyListKids are able to travel without hindrances.
STEP 1: Tweet your local MP and these Ministers using the hashtag #NoFlyListKids:
MP Ralph Goodale (Minister of Safety): https://twitter.com/
MP Garneau (Minister of Transportation): https://twitter.com/
PM Justin Trudeau (also Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Youth): https://twitter.com/JustinTrudeau
Chief of Staff to Minister Goodale: https://twitter.com/
STEP 2: Write your Ministers and local MP to voice your concern and demand action
Subject: Request for Passenger Protect Program Redress System
TO: Right Hon. Justin Trudeau, P.C., M.P.
Prime Minster and Minister of Youth
House of Commons
Dear Prime Minister Trudeau:
I am writing to plead for the establishment of a redress system to solve the problem of Canadian children being falsely flagged by the Passenger Protect Program, also known as the “no-fly list”.
The no-fly list became a national discussion in January of 2016 when a tweet by Sulemaan Ahmed, asking why his son Adam (6) was flagged by airline security, went viral1, including international media coverage2. Within days, other families, including ours, came forward to say that they also had children, infants to teenagers, who were routinely falsely flagged. They shared how delays when the child is an infant can turn into intense, stigmatizing scrutiny as the child grows up. The older kids expressed feelings of reluctance and fear towards the idea of air travel3. Each family has been unable to solve the issue alone, facing unresponsive governments over the previous decade. They could hardly believe that while the U.S. has a functional redress system for their no-fly list4, Canada does not. In hopes of creating a real solution for Canadians, an advocacy group called #NoFlyListKids5 was formed.
With #NoFlyListKids providing a place for affected families to come forward, the scope of this issue has continued to grow. As of today, #NoFlyListKids is aware of more than 62 affected families. The actual total number is believed to be much higher; since airline employees are prohibited from sharing security information with passengers, most families only discover their plight by accident or a sympathetic individual. The children on the list, of many different races and faiths, are as diverse as the country they call home. The problem doesn’t stop with children, either. #NoFlyListKids have been contacted by Canadians of all ages: business people, seniors, and even Canadian veterans, who share the same plight.
The government has responded swiftly, with the Minister of Public Safety, Hon. Ralph Goodale, acknowledging that the problem was caused by inadequate technology (relying only on names, without other identifiers) and that it could pose a “traumatizing” experience for the children and their families. They eventually established a Passenger Protect Inquiries Office (PPIO), but families have reported that this office has been unable to help them thus far.
There was a promising development recently when the government organized a national series of public consultations on public safety. At a November 2016 meeting in Markham, Ontario, a number of affected families were able to engage several MPs, including Minister Goodale, in an open dialogue to share their experiences and hopes for a permanent solution6. Following the meeting, Minister Goodale stated: “We have to fix this problem. It involves policy changes. It involves the design of a completely new computer system. And it involves a considerable financial investment.”
I am asking for your support, Prime Minister Trudeau. The families of #NoFlyListKids and their many supporters are grateful that our government has acknowledged that this is a serious problem (which was not of their own creation), and has responded admirably by resolving to develop a solution, and assessing both the design and cost of that solution. The new redress system would not only ensure smoother travel for Canadian families, business people, and others, but a more accurate security process would also keep us safer, while not stigmatizing its own citizens.
The next critical step in making this solution a reality is to allocate the required funding and begin implementation. I am very hopeful that you and your colleagues will help us to solve this problem for once and for all.
Your Name and Address
CC: Hon. Bill Morneau, P.C., M.P.,
Hon. Ralph Goodale, P.C., M.P.,
Hon. Marc Garneau, P.C., M.P.,
Your MP Here