Mistaken Identity - W. D. Graham
serving on the front lines with CTSD,
was supposed to travel by Air Cubana through
a secretary at the Canadian Embassy alerted me to the fact that Air Canada was
now allowed to service
the appointed hour I arrived at the airport, cleared customs and sat in the
departure lounge where it was lonely. At last the flight was called and I
boarded the bus to the aircraft where I noted that I was the only passenger. I
remarked on this to the Air Canada steward who explained that I was the ONLY
passenger because the Cubans had not organized exit procedures for that route
yet and I only got on because I had a diplomatic passport.
an inaugural flight, the aircraft was laden with champagne, steaks and lobster.
I and the 5 cabin staff started to party.
we took off and at cruising altitude, the captain came back to see who the
important passenger was. I explained why I was in
"No worries" he said because they would hold the flight for a British Ambassador. I tried to explain that I was neither the Ambassador nor British but to no avail.
we landed in
Beginning in the late '50s Canadian Diplomatic Technical Security Service (CDTSS) technicians were posted to CTSD for training and to provide assistance to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in their inspection and technical maintenance of British Embassies worldwide.
The Manor House at Hanslope Park is a historical site.
© OFARTS Canada 2007 Old Foreign Affairs Retired Technicians, Canada The opinions expressed here are those of the contributors. Accuracy of facts has not been verified in all cases.