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 created a Passenger Protect Inquiries Office (PPIO), where families of #NoFlyListKids could 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 been met with an automated response that does not offer a solution to their problem. The government has admitted that a redress system is the only solution and has recommended one be implemented as part of Bill C-59, but they have yet to fund the project.
STEP 1: Tweet your local MP and these Ministers using the hashtag #NoFlyListKids:
Hon. Ralph Goodale (Minister of Safety): https://twitter.com/
Hon. Bill Morneau (Minister of Transportation): https://twitter.com/
Right Hon. Justin Trudeau (also Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Youth): https://twitter.com/JustinTrudeau
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 hundreds of affected families and individual. The actual total number is believed to be much higher; since airline employees are prohibited from sharing security information with passengers, most 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.
Although Minister of Public Safety, Hon. Ralph Goodale, acknowledged 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, there has been little to no progress on the issue. The Passenger Protect Inquiries Office (PPIO) was established, but families have reported that this office has been unable to help them thus far.
What is really needed is a redress system, similar to one that already exists south of the border (https://www.dhs.gov/dhs-trip). #NoFlyListKids have led a grassroots effort to gain support within the Canadian parliament have received over 100 letters of support from the federal government and all political parties (CPC, NDP, BQ, Green)6. What more than this consensus should be needed to take immediate action?
I am demanding that the federal government fund the creation of a redress system in the 2018 budget. This is a crisis and we cannot afford to wait any longer to fix it. Canada cannot risk the chance of another case of mistaken identity ending catastrophically, such as it did with Maher Arar.
I await to see how your government responds.
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