When I got into ESL / EFL teaching, I quickly formulated a rule that I have since found very useful. Take your work very seriously, yourself less so. Someone at Transport Canada needs a slap upside the head with a frozen mackerel.http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/842606--transport-canada-won-t-turn-the-other-cheek-over-decals
Transport Canada won’t turn the other cheek over decals
Ministry bans stickers on bags depicting cocaine, sex toys, money and bound stewardess
Transport Canada is not amused.
Officials with the federal ministry have banned a series of gag luggage decals that depict realistic images of suitcases stuffed with U.S. greenbacks, bags of cocaine, sex toys and even a bound and gagged flight attendant.
The stickers are intended to raise a giggle and make the bags easier to spot as they spin round and round on the luggage carousel.
But a spokesperson for Transport Minister John Baird says they’re just “not funny.”
“Joking around like this could possibly a serious violation of the aeronautics act,” James Kusie said Friday in an email to the Star. “Joking about potentially trafficking illegal substances, or worse, is not funny and the government will use the full force of the of the law to ensure Canadians who travel by air are safe.”
The stickers have proven to be big sellers in Europe, where about 1,000 have been snapped up since they hit the worldwide market a week ago. Fewer than two dozen have been shipped in Canada since then, a company spokesperson told the Vancouver Province.
Kusie said the decals violate Section 11 of the Canadian Aviation Security Regulations, which expressly forbids anyone from making false declarations that they are carrying weapons or any other item that could be used to jeopardize the security of an aerodrome or aircraft.
But the cheeky website quotes a U.K. Border Agency official, who told the Daily Mail newspaper, “our officers see a lot of joke stickers on suitcases and it doesn’t affect their professional approach to tackling smuggling of illegal goods.”
Man, I just have to get me one of those.