Airplay From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1318 times:
Canada is a pretty hostile and barbaric country and the flight crew probably didn't want to risk their passengers lives in case of a forced landing. Some cities here don't even have a Starbucks!
Seriously though, there is always the spectre of exposing yourself and your passengers to the laws of the country you fly over. Someone who is a law abiding citizen in the US may be a wanted outlaw in a foreign country subject to arrest and deportation to their country of birth.
If this sounds incredible, just read about the plight of Canadian citizen Maher Arar who was deported to Syria by US authorities.
Jetguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1360 times:
I would only assume that it would have to do with the navigation fees charged by Nav Canada for commercial flights. We operate mostly under FAR Part 91 and transit Canadian airspace on a routine basis on many of our trips into parts of Northern New England. The handoffs and handling are completely routine with only minor differences in phraseology.