Nfld. & Labrador

Knife on plane belonged to mechanic, 'not a security breach' says Air Canada

Air Canada confirms that a knife found by passengers on a flight leaving St. John's on Saturday belonged to a mechanic who was repairing a seat on the plane.
The knife was folded and left on a seat onboard an Air Canada flight leaving St. John's for Toronto. (Glenn Deir)

Air Canada confirms that a knife found by passengers on a flight leaving St. John's on Saturday belonged to a mechanic who was repairing a seat on the plane.

In an emailed response Tuesday to CBC questions, the airline said it was "not a security breach."

The knife, with its blade folded into the handle, was discovered by Glenn Deir and Debbie Youden when they boarded AC1197 to Toronto around 6:30 a.m. Saturday.

Deir said his wife sat on the knife, which when opened, had a four-inch serrated blade. "Jaws dropped," he said, when he showed the potential weapon to the Flight Director and pilots.

"This is just not the sort of thing that should ever be on a plane," said Deir.

Air Canada said the crew handed the incident properly.

"Our fight crew reacted immediately before the flight departed to get to the bottom of this. We can confirm it is a tool that an AC employee was using to repair a seat onboard the aircraft, and not a security breach," wrote Air Canada spokesperson Angela Mah.

"In fact, the employee was still onboard the aircraft speaking to the Captain, when the tool was brought to the crew's attention. All tools were removed before the flight departed."

As for consequences or concerns, "We are reminding our staff to double check and ensure they have all of their tools before leaving their work area," said Mah.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Marilyn Boone is a retired journalist who worked for CBC News in St. John's.

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