Commission of Inquiry into the Investigation of the Bombing of Air India Flight 182
Witness: Rodney Wallis
Rodney Wallis (an international civil aviation security consultant) continues to testify before the Commission, with Commission Counsel Brian Gover conducting direct examination. Mr. Wallis discusses a range of issues related to aviation security, including the need for Canada to develop and adopt a national civil aviation security program. Commissioner John C. Major asks the witness about the bag containing the bomb that exploded on Air India flight 182, which was “interlined” from a Canadian Pacific flight from Vancouver onto Air India flight 182 in Toronto. Raj Anand (Counsel for Lata Pada and other victims’ families) cross-examines the witness, with questions focusing on the procedures for tracking checked baggage that were in place at the time of the bombing. He also asks the witness about the creation and role of the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA), the potential for disputes between CATSA and Transport Canada, and other issues related to civil aviation security. Sandy Graham (Counsel for the Attorney General of Canada) briefly cross-examines Mr. Wallis.