British inspection committee has 'no reservations' on Cairo airport security procedures

Ahram Online , Friday 22 Jul 2016

The committee will present its final report to the UK government

File photo, tourists wait for their flight, as an Egyptair plane is seen, background, at a waiting hall in Cairo's international airport in Egypt. (AP)

A British committee of five aviation experts concluded its inspection of security procedures at Cairo International Airport on Friday, noting in preliminary comments that they had "no reservations" about the present level of security at the airport.

The committee, which began its work Monday, observed security measures for British Airways flight 154 and EgyptAir flight 777 that fly to Heathrow Airport in London, studying airport  terminals to the flights' boarding processes.

The committee noted the improvement of security and the implementation of international standards for baggage supervision and for securing containers and parcels, Ahram Arabic website reported.

“The committee did not give any reservations on the security performance at Cairo airport, which will be included in its final report which will be submitted to high-level UK officials,” airport officials said in press statements, according to Aswat Masriya.

A report will be issued by the British experts to the UK government, which will also be presented to Egypt’s foreign and civil aviation ministries.

No date was given for the release of the report.

A number of European airlines have banned flights to Sharm El-Sheikh over security concerns following the crash of a Russian airliner in October in Sinai which killed all 224 people on board.

The UK government has since then deployed experts to assess security procedures in Egyptian airports.

In June, British Airways announced it would indefinitely extended its suspension of flights to Sharm El-Sheikh. 

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