It’s rather a relative term, though, is t it? I almost posted “not far, only about 25-30 minutes”. 🙂. And that’s only if they landed at Pearson. They could’ve gone to Billy Bishop (quick hop to downtown). If I were deciding where the plane landed, I’d have sent it to a military base, maybe CFB Trenton, where any danger could be contained (our intrepid heroes have never heard of the Trojan Horse, apparently). If it had to be Toronto for some unknown reason, I’d pick Downsview (former military airport, now leased by Bombardier for testing) within Toronto. That’s 10-15 minutes from Emily’s house, assuming the house is near Dufferin station where she met Sylvia.
I have no idea why I’m talking about this as if it made any sense at all. They either knew there were refugees or they didn’t. If they didn’t, the first people on the plane should have been armed border guards and/other police. If they did, the first people should’ve have medical personnel accompanied by police. In fact, they shouldn’t have gotten on the plane at all, but made the occupants come out one by one with their hands up. Like so much about this show, poignant scenes only remain poignant if you don’t stop to think about how absurd they are.