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Frequent flyer ultrasounds


Okay Air Canada, what have you done for me lately?

Kenya Airways - whose motto is The Pride of Africa - is offering free echo cardiograms or kidney profiles for travel from Nairobi to Delhi. Kind of makes that whole Air Canada elite lounge access seem lame suddenly.

The offer for free "World Class Health Care At Your Doorstep," is advertised on the back of every Kenya Airways ticket stub. It seems all you have to do is take a direct flight from Kenya's capital to India and you're entitled to a free "Executive Health Check Up" from the Asian Institute of Medical Sciences. That includes an ultrasound (whole abdomen), liver function test, a lipid profile, and ECG, among other medical tests.

Kenya Airways representatives were unavailable for comment - not surprising since life is essentially on hold here as the votes are counted in the country's historic election. But an email sent to Jacob Deepika at Asian Hospital (as advertised on the ticket) was promptly returned saying that, well yes, all that was required was a boarding pass and passport.

He attached this brochure:



Free nuts and soft drinks? How yesterday.


Michelle Shephard is the Toronto Star's National Security correspondent and author of "Decade of Fear: Reporting from Terrorism's Grey Zone." She is a three-time recepient of Canada's National Newspaper Award. Follow her on Twitter @shephardm 


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