March 30, 2016 – Another wake up call for security.
Oh does this security make you feel safe? Video shows him patted down before boarding the plane. How could his cell phones strapped around his waist been missed?? Lucky, that all it turned out to be.
How quickly people forget the Russian plane that had a bomb placed on board that brought it down killing all on board.
Then the more recent bombing. A suicide bomber boarded a Somali passenger had bomb in a soda can that seemed to have killed only the terrorist in a wheelchair.
His body was found after being sucked out of a hole in the side of the plane.
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has said the Russian plane was brought down by a terrorist attack. Islamic State has said it planted a bomb on board, killing all 224 people on board.
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The latest incident raised renewed questions over airport security, though it was not clear whether the hijacker was even armed. Ismail said stringent measures were in place.
A Cyprus court has ordered the detention for eight days of an Egyptian man who admitted to hijacking a domestic EgyptAir flight and diverting it to the east Mediterranean island nation by threatening to blow it up with a fake explosives belt.
Police prosecutor Andreas Lambrianou said Wednesday that the suspect, whom authorities had earlier identified as 59-year-old Seif Eddin Mustafa, faces charges including hijacking, illegal possession of explosives, kidnapping and threats to commit violence.
Tuesday’s dramatic hijacking ended peacefully when police arrested the suspect after all 72 passengers and crew aboard the Airbus A320 aircraft were released.
Passengers on the plane included eight Americans, four Britons, four Dutch, two Belgians, an Italian, a Syrian and a French national, the Civil Aviation Ministry said.
A 26-year-old Briton on an EgyptAir plane Tuesday did what Millennials do all the time: He took a selfie.
This wasn’t just any selfie, however. The photo included the man authorities say hijacked Ben Innes’ plane.
“I figured if his bomb was real I’d nothing to lose anyway,” Ben Innes, 26, from Leeds, northern England, told the British tabloid The Sun.
“I got one of the cabin crew to translate for me and asked him if I could do a selfie with him,” Innes, a health and safety auditor, told the Guardian. “He just shrugged OK, so I stood by him and smiled for the camera while a stewardess did the snap. It has to be the best selfie ever.”
Innes was one of the remaining hostages during a six-hour standoff at Cyprus’ Larnaca airport, the Guardian reported. In a plot twist to an already strange incident officials say was over a woman, Innes asked Seif Eldin Mustafa, the alleged captor who claimed to be wearing a suicide belt, to pose in the photo with him.
Lambrianou said that the suspect told police: “What’s someone supposed to do when he hasn’t seen his wife and children in 24 years and the Egyptian government won’t let him?”
Officials said early on that the hijacking was not an act of terrorism, and later that the man appeared to be psychologically unstable. However, the incident was likely to renew concerns about Egyptian airport security months after a Russian passenger plane was downed over the Sinai Peninsula in a bombing claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS.)
“From the start, it was clear that this wasn’t an act of terrorism, and despite the fact that the individual appeared to be dangerous in terms of his behavior, we understood that this was a psychologically unstable person,” Cyprus’ Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides told reporters.
Oh such a nonchalant reponce. Have they forgot about the unstable airline pilot who deliberately crashed the plane in the french Alps killing all?