Canadian government advise women travelling alone to wear a fake wedding ring

Canadian travel guide ‘Her Own Way’ has come under fire after advising female travellers to wear a fake wedding ring to fend off unwanted attention while on holiday.

The Canadian Government first released ‘Her Own Way: A Woman’s Safe – Travel Guide’ back in 2000, and it’s now in its third edition.

Described as ‘preventive and female-friendly’ the guide looks at ‘tackling the security, cultural, health and social concerns of women travellers’.

The pamphlet advises under the ‘coping with sexual harassment’ section that women travelling about should wear a fake wedding ring.

It states: “Also carry a photo of your husband (or imaginary one), which you can show to persistent suitors. Being seen as married will lower your profile and stave off uninvited advances”.

Carol Tompson, a reporter for OpenFile Toronto has revealed that many have slated the suggestion as ‘deceitful, paternalistic and preachy’.

She said: “It’s an approach that some Canadians believe is deceitful, paternalistic and preachy, while others think the lie is a good safety technique for women.

Many have backed the pamphlet, after the advice given appears to be a valid suggestion.

Sinc MacRae, an associate professor at Mount Royal University was quoted in the article saying that the Canadian government shouldn’t be telling women to lie.

He said: “Think about the negative consequences. You are going to have to deal with the fact that you are lying. It’s not just the one lie. It builds and it’s going to have to have a pack of lies behind it”.

Jean Bruno Villeneuve, a spokesman for Foreign Affairs told the Huffington Post Canada that the strategy was formulated after “extensive consultations with dozens of experiences women travellers, missions abroad, consular case management officers and travel experts”.

However, he did reveal that the advice was not marked out for specific countries, instead specific situations.

‘Travelling Women’ is a similar brochure published in Australia, and advises women to take extra precautions after nightfall.

Article by Charlotte Greenhalgh

Passengers held on plane are forced to pay fuel bill

Hundreds of British airline passengers hoping to travel back to Birmingham were left stranded when cabin crew of their Boeing 757 announced during a refuelling stop that the Austrian carrier ‘Comtel Air’ had run out of money.


Passengers were left stranded at a layover in Vienna on Tuesday, and were told the only way the flight would continue was if passengers handed over 23,400 euros (£20,005). If not, travellers and their luggage would be removed from the aircraft.


A six-hour standoff ended when police were notified and escorted passengers to cashpoint machines.


However cash points eventually ran out of money, and many travellers on board had no funds to pay the ransom.


Passengers eventually raised the money through a series of promises and IOUs, and they fear 600 travellers are stranded in India on four planned flights. Details however were sketchy, as companies involved weren’t returning calls.


Comtel Air specialises in executive aviation and only last month started the commercial route from the UK to Amritsar, using the leased 757.


Tarlochan Singh, 57 from Wolverhampton had been in India for three weeks, he said: “They wanted all the money in cash. Everyone was furious, that is why we had the sit-in”.


He added: “We spent more than six hours in Vienna. Nobody has told us anything”.


Many had purchased their tickets through Smethwick travel agents Takhar Travel. Last night West Midlands Police stood guard outside its office last night in case angry customers arrived demanding explanations.


A spokesman for Birmingham Airport said: ‘Comtel Air has been contracted by a number of UK travel companies to facilitate flights to Amritsar via Vienna”.


“Clearly, we are very concerned and understand the distress that this is causing. We are urgently investigating the matter to get some clarity going forward”.


“Anyone due to travel with the airline is advised to contact the travel company they have booked flights with”.


By Charlotte Greenhalgh