(RICHMOND, B.C.) -- An elderly, wrinkled white man boarded a plane in Hong Kong and a young, baby-faced Asian man got off in Vancouver in what Canadian authorities are calling an "unbelievable" case of disguised identity.
Midway through the Oct. 29 Air Canada flight, the man entered the plane's lavatory and removed an intricately detailed silicon mask. When he returned to his seat, his identity as an Asian man in his early 20s was revealed, according to an "Intelligence Alert" circulated internally by the Canada Border Services Agency.
"Information was received from Air Canada Corporate Security regarding a possible imposter on a flight originating from Hong Kong," reads the alert.
"The passenger in question was observed at the beginning of the flight to be an elderly Caucasian male who appeared to have young looking hands. During the flight the subject attended the washroom and emerged an Asian looking male that appeared to be in his early 20s." The bulletin describes the incident as an "unbelievable case of concealment."
The Canada Border Services Agency would not comment to ABC News, but spokesmen for the Canada Immigration Ministry and Air Canada confirmed the details of the incident included in the bulletin.
The man, whose name has not been released by authorities, was met at the gate by Canadian security officials. He declared refugee status after being escorted through customs.
Officials searched the man's baggage and discovered a "disguise kit," including the silicon mask, a brown leather cap, glasses, and a brown cardigan.
"The subject admitted…that he had boarded the flight with the mask and removed it several hours later," according to the alert.
According to the CBSA, the man swapped boarding passes prior to boarding with an American born in 1955.
"It is believed that" the man showed his Aeroplan credit card as identification to board the flight. "Neither boarding passes not Aeroplan cards reflects date of birth," according to the alert.
An Air Canada official told ABC News that the airline requires passengers to show a passport before boarding international flights leaving Hong Kong.
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