[Skylar Vincent Murphy was allowed to boarded his flight from Edmonton International Airport despite the discovery of a pipe bomb in his luggage]
By Elham Asaad Buaras
A security incident at a Canadian airport has highlighted the contrast in the treatment of Muslim and non-Muslim passengers after an 18 year-old Alberta man caught with a pipe bomb was allowed to continue on his flight.
Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) officers made the discovery before Skylar Vincent Murphy even boarded his flight from Edmonton International Airport on September 20, 2013. CATSA said they confiscated the suspected explosive but it was not until three days later the RCMP were notified about the incident.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) arrested Murphy in Canada after he returned from his trip on September 27, 2013.
Police charged the 18-year-old resident of Spruce Grove, Alta, with possession of an explosive substance after an item resembling a pipe bomb was discovered in his carry-on luggage, according to an Alberta police report.
Although CATSA officers cannot arrest or hold passengers if something illegal is found they do have the power to call the police.
A spokesman for CATSA conceded their officers were wrong not to immediately call RCMP.
He told The Muslim News: “We want to assure the travelling public that we have taken steps to ensure that it does not occur again. CATSA has completed a full review last fall of the incident. During the course of its review, CATSA concluded that the RCMP should have been contacted earlier in the process as per our procedures. Corrective actions have been taken and those involved in the incident were disciplined and required to take additional training.”
Murphy pleaded guilty on December 5 to possession of an explosive substance. He was sentenced to a year of probation and fined $100. Murphy will be prohibited from possessing explosives, firearms or ammunition for a year and will have to donate $500 for the University of Alberta burn unit, according to the CBC.