HELLO, BONJOUR: Do Beijing arrivals to Toronto have language skills to understand quarantine?

There’s a new video making the rounds that suggests there are two checkpoints when Canada Border Service Agency guards screen international flights coming into Canada (yep, these flights are still touching down daily, even from the virus epicentre of China.)

In any event, one checkpoint is supposedly set up right at the gate where the plane arrives; then there’s the regular checkpoint. At least, that’s what the video indicates.

Yet we know this federal government has been less than truthful regarding what’s going on at the airports regarding security and protocol. Case in point: Health Minister Patricia Hajdu falsely claiming that asymptomatic passengers are being given masks.

But as I discovered with a Hainan Airlines flight touching down at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport from Beijing, barely any of the arrivals could speak or understand English — so what are they absorbing from the instructions given by CSBA guards regarding, say, self-quarantine?

Oh, and contrast the lengths the Taipei, Taiwan officials have gone to in terms of personal protective equipment, and other security measures like truly closing the borders versus the situation at Pearson.

Finally, have you ever flown Hainan Airlines? Check out a video review we have embedded in my report. Warning: please ensure your air sickness bag is within reach!