Canadians are known to be polite, dare we say, too polite.
Don’t get us wrong, we are massive supporters of the friendly, Canadian way. We wouldn’t trade it for any other culture in the world. But sometimes Canadians get friendly to the point where we actually forget about some of the harsh realities in the world that surrounds us.
Just take our prime minister’s plane, for example. Currently, anyone can go on public websites or use certain apps to track our leader’s aircraft as it soars through airspace around the globe. Takeoff, landing, airspeed, altitude–it’s all there, and in nearly-real time.
It makes sense that former governments allowed this because, well, Canada sees the world as a massive group of friends. We love everyone. And if people want to wave at our prime minister as he flies over their country, we wanted to allow them to do that.
But, with the world still reeling from the attacks in Paris (and even the attack in Ottawa), there is growing concern that would-be terrorists could turn their sights to flight tracking. Especially since a surface-to-air missile was used to bring down flight MH17 in Ukraine last year.
“Someone with nefarious intentions could actually track the prime minister of Canada as he moves across the country,” CTV Public Safety Analyst Chris Lewis said.
The Royal Canadian Airforce tried to brush away any concerns, saying all airplanes around the world must transmit their locations. But Air Force One, the plane that carries U.S. President Barack Obama, cloaks those transmissions. As do most aircraft carrying prominent figures.
So what does Justin Trudeau think about all this?
You can learn more about flight tracking in the video, above.