If only this were a very unfunny April Fool’s Day joke, but alas, it isn’t.
You see, once again, down at Pearson International Airport in Toronto, precious little has changed regarding the screening of international arrivals.
I again ventured back to Pearson on April 1 to see what new security measures regarding the #coronavirus have been put into place when it comes to screening international passengers touching down— and there truly isn’t much new to report.
At least that’s what I discovered upon interviewing passengers arriving to Toronto from London, England and Frankfurt, Germany.
Sometimes agents simply handed them pamphlets to read without verbally advising them of the new normal — i.e., that the 14-day quarantine takes effect immediately (meaning they cannot even pull over for gas or groceries on the way home.)
As per usual, no one was subjected to remote temperature-taking. And even though Minister of Health Patricia Hajdu said asymptomatic passengers would be given face masks by customs agents, the reality on the ground is quite different.
Not one person deplaning these flights were given a mask nor did they even spot a supply of masks for agents to hand out. Shockers! Could it be could that such a supply simply does not exist?
This is downright troubling. After all, London and Frankfurt are international hubs for air travel, servicing many connecting flights.
Indeed, there were travellers touching down at Pearson from such Coronovirus hot spots as Iran!
When are the Justin Trudeau Liberals truly going to take this pandemic seriously when it comes to international travel?