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Due to Janette Yuen Shan Wu’s previous marriage to a full-patch member of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, Vancouver International Airport deemed that she was a security risk. Her security clearance to restricted areas at the airport was pulled because “may be prone or induced to commit an act, or to assist or abet an individual to commit an act, that may unlawfully interfere with civil aviation,” essentially making it impossible for her to hold a job at the transportation hub.
Wu split with her husband in 2006 because of the fact that he had joined the biker gang. She claims the only contact she’s had with him since has been court-ordered custody, as they have two children. She believed that her new marriage to a Washington State deputy sheriff would impress her employer, but that wasn’t the case.
She appealed Airport Terminal Services decision, however the Federal Court upheld the decision. Chief Justice Paul Crampotn noted that “the fact that Ms. Wu’s ongoing interaction with her ex-spouse may not be voluntary, and may be limited by the terms of their custody agreement, does not negate or contradict the fact that he will continue to have regular and ongoing opportunities to intimidate her and to attempt to induce her in the manner described.”
Read the whole story in detail here in the National Post.
You think Wu’s story is bad? Listen to caller Andrew recount a similar experience after taking part in a simple charity ride!