Borderlines Podcast #78 – Canada’s No Fly List, with Sadaf Kashfi and Eric Purtzki

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The Secure Air Travel Act provides the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness with authority to establish a list of individuals that the Minister has reasonable grounds to suspect could be a threat to aviation or national security or intends to travel by air for the purpose of terrorism.

Sadaf Kashfi, works for Edelmann & Co. She advises clients on complex issues concerning U.S. and Canadian immigration, criminal law, and during the COVID-19 pandemic developed a successful practice representing individuals accused of quarantine act violations. Her e-mail is

The second, Eric Purtzi, is Associate Counsel at Fowler & Block, a criminal defense law firm. He has appeared at the Supreme Court of Canada 7 times. He is also a past guest on Borderlines, having appeared on episode 9 to discuss the constitutionality of retrospective laws. His e-mail is



How does the Secure Air Travel Act work?
Who reviews naming on the Secure Air Travel Act?
What is the threshold to be added to the list for possibly committing a crime in the air?
Does the government have to publish how many people are on the list?
How does someone learn that they are on the SATA list?
What are the participatory rights for people to get off the SATA?
How does the appeal or Federal Court process work?
Could someone be put on SATA for refusing to wear a mask?