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Airline threats: Who should know?

The unprecedented security order aimed at Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), reported by Gillian Findlay tonight on The National (watch the video here), and on CBCNews.ca (read the story "Top-secret measures taken over possible explosives at Pearson" online here), has never been disclosed to the public.

Passengers who've flown the airline for the last six months have been oblivious to the threat, and to the extraordinary security precautions.

But do they have a right to know more than they've been told? 

Without being able to report on or assess the exact nature of the threat to PIA, it may be hard to judge.  What's clear, though, is that the trend for both airlines and the government is to keep information very close and confirm as little as possible.

Shama Chopra, a Montreal woman who was on board the U.S. airliner that was attacked on Christmas Day, says passengers need to be given more facts, and then trusted to make the right decisions.

Jacques Shore, a lawyer who represented families of the Air India Flight 182 victims, agrees that passengers expect and deserve to know more about the nature of threats.

We want to hear from you, too.  Do you think the public has the right to know about terrorist threats to airlines?  Or do you think there are compelling reasons to keep that information secret? 

Please post your comment below. 


Chris Brown is a National reporter for CBC News in Vancouver

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