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November 8, 2019 AC174 YEGYYZ; Who were these passengers?

November 8, 2019 AC174 YEGYYZ; Who were these passengers?

Old Nov 8, 19, 7:49 pm
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November 8, 2019 AC174 YEGYYZ; Who were these passengers?

About 20 mins ago I was lined up to board a delayed AC174 at YEG heading to Toronto. They were busy turning the aircraft around when suddenly three guys walked up to the gate and the gate agent waved them right through (no stop at the gate to display ID, a boarding pass or anything else). They paused for a couple of minutes on the jet bridge and then kept going out of sight.

they weren’t accompanied by any air canada staff and they were wearing regular clothes. My original thought is that they must be some kind of VIP or something like that, but then when I got on the plane 10 mins later they were all seated in the very back row of economy in the row right next to the lavatories!

All three were quite tall,two of them have beards. They seemed entirely unremarkable to me. But now I’m super curious who these guys are. anybody on this flight or walking through Edmonton airport this evening know who they are?

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Old Nov 8, 19, 7:53 pm
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As they didn't take your upgrade, this thread won't be more than a page long.

Could have been a prisoner transfer.
Were they walking three abreast?
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Old Nov 8, 19, 7:53 pm
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RCMP or others not in uniform?
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Old Nov 8, 19, 7:55 pm
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RCHHMP or other FTers not in uniform?

(ok, did they have RAIC displayed?)
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Old Nov 8, 19, 7:57 pm
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Sounds like a gaggle of people who work at the airport. So whatever you think: you're wrong..
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Old Nov 8, 19, 7:57 pm
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Perhaps. But none of them were being restrained in any way. Surely RCMP would be required to show ID at the gate to board a plane, and also wouldn’t be wearing plain clothes??
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Old Nov 8, 19, 7:59 pm
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Originally Posted by david_oz View Post
Perhaps. But none of them were being restrained in any way. Surely RCMP would be required to show ID at the gate to board a plane, and also wouldn’t be wearing plain clothes??
AC employees can be "plain-clothed" too.
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Old Nov 8, 19, 8:02 pm
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Originally Posted by david_oz View Post
Perhaps. But none of them were being restrained in any way. Surely RCMP would be required to show ID at the gate to board a plane, and also wouldn’t be wearing plain clothes??
They absolutely wear plain clothes. We're not talking the Mounties who show up in their Red Serge for events at Parliament Hill, or in uniform for press conferences and such.
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Old Nov 8, 19, 8:17 pm
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Are we assuming it's a prisoner escort because the guy was dark skinned? 😮

I'm kidding of course 😎
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Old Nov 8, 19, 8:23 pm
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Originally Posted by SparseFlyer View Post
Are we assuming it's a prisoner escort because the guy was dark skinned? 😮

I'm kidding of course 😎
No SpruceFrayer, it clearly was due to the beards.
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Old Nov 8, 19, 8:39 pm
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If they were in the very last row, I assume they were employees.
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Old Nov 8, 19, 8:57 pm
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If they were in the very last row, I assume they were employees.
Not according to several threads on FT.

How much luggage did these three have?
I've seen a couple prison transfers before. It's often hard to tell if the individual in the middle is cuffed.
If one of the two on the side had an envelope or brief case.......
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Old Nov 8, 19, 9:00 pm
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Originally Posted by tracon View Post
Not according to several threads on FT.

How much luggage did these three have?
I've seen a couple prison transfers before. It's often hard to tell if the individual in the middle is cuffed.
If one of the two on the side had an envelope or brief case.......
Well my thoughts also encompassed the "not restrained" comment.
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Old Nov 9, 19, 12:46 am
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Some kind of LEO probably. Prisoners usually first on last off back row with escorts.
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Old Nov 9, 19, 12:52 am
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Probably lumberjack friends of the gate agent.
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