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Veil video prompts Canada airline probe

Canada's Minister of Transportation has ordered an investigation after a recent video showed two veiled women boarding a flight without showing security their faces.

Under Canadian law the identities of all air passengers must be checked, regardless of their religion.

The video was purportedly shot by a British traveller on 11 July and posted on YouTube

It shows passengers boarding an Air Canada flight in Montreal.

"If the reports are true, the situation is deeply disturbing and poses a serious threat to the security of the air travelling public," Minister John Baird said in a statement.

"If our current security policies in this area are deemed to be lacking, our government will take the necessary steps to protect the safety and security of the travelling public," he added.

The identities of the two women, who appear to have been travelling with three other passengers, have not been released.

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