Canadian authorities are investigating after an elderly man boarded an Air Canada flight and entered the toilets only to emerge – as a young Asian male.
In a scene similar to a Hollywood spy flick, the Asian male underwent an “unbelievable level of concealment” to give the impression he was an aging white male.
Sporting a flat cap and brown cardigan, the imposter impressively mimicked the movements of an elderly man – but flight staff noticed his young looking hands.
During the flight from Hong Kong to Vancouver the old man entered the toilets and emerged as the young Asian.
Canada Border Services Agency issued an alert on November 1, stating: “Information was received from Air Canada Corporate Security regarding a possible imposter on a flight originating from Hong Kong.
“The passenger in question was observed at the beginning of the flight to be an elderly Caucasian male who appeared to have young looking hands.
“During the flight the subject attended the washroom and emerged an Asian looking male that appeared to be in his early 20s.”
When they arrived in Vancouver, the man claimed to only have possession of one bag – but air crew found three, with one containing the silicone mask of an elderly gentleman.
The bizarre episode was confirmed by Air Canada.
Peter Fitzpatrick, a spokesman for the airline, told CNN: “We can confirm that officials from the CBSA met a passenger arriving off AC018 Hong Kong to Vancouver on October 29 and the matter is still under investigation”
It is believed that the subject and the actual US citizen passenger (whose date of birth is 1955) performed a boarding pass swap, with the Asian male using an Aeroplan card as identification to board the flight.