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U.S. tip led to Ottawa's Beirut ban

Ottawa decided to revoke Air Canada’s new licence for direct return flights to Beirut after U.S. intelligence agencies expressed concern that planes coming from Lebanon could be used in suicide hijackings, The Globe and Mail has learned. Sources say the concerns, based on impressions of lax airport security, were passed to the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, which independently checked them out and passed its findings on to federal cabinet ministers. The result was a personal intervention by Transport Minister David Collenette and an extraordinary meeting in the chambers of the judge overseeing Air Canada’s restructuring. Full Story

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