Canadian Airport Security Guard Who Prevented HIV/AIDS Support Group From Boarding Plane Resigns
April 14, 2008
A security guard employed by Garda World Security resigned on Thursday after allegedly saying members of an HIV/AIDS support group posed a health risk to other passengers at Prince George Airport in Prince George, Canada, Toronto's Globe and Mail reports (Atkinson, Globe and Mail, 4/11).
Joe Gavaghan, a spokesperson for Garda, said the guard resigned Thursday after a company investigation found his actions to be inappropriate. "We determined that the employee's actions, while they were well-intentioned, were inappropriate," Gavaghan said, adding that the employee believed there was "some danger, some risk" in allowing the Positive Living members to board the plane. "We believe he was being sincere. It was not his intention to cause humiliation and embarrassment," Gavaghan added.
Carmine Nutter, a director at Positive Living, said she learned of the resignation Thursday afternoon while finalizing plans with Garda representatives to present sensitivity training on HIV/AIDS to the 50 remaining security guards at the airport. Nutter said the resignation was a "surprise" that the group did not request, adding that members of the group had been treated "very professionally by other Garda staff."
Nutter said the group hopes to hold the sensitivity training in May but that details have not been finalized. She added that the incident "shouldn't have happened in the first place, but it is an opportunity for public education." Members of Positive Living have not decided whether they will file a complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Commission, Nutter said (Globe and Mail, 4/11).
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