VIDEO: Donkey wandering at Cairo Airport did not disrupt traffic: Police

Ahram Online , Tuesday 28 Apr 2015

Security forces restrained the animal at the Cairo Airport on Monday, police said

A donkey did not harm passengers or disrupt traffic when it entered a Cairo International Airport car park on Monday, airport police stated on Tuesday.

A video uploaded on Youtube on Monday showed workers chasing a donkey in the parking lot outside Cairo International Airport's Terminal 3.

"The donkey likely belongs to one of the workers who could possibly be working in a mall near the airport," the statement by airport police read.

Police forces chased the donkey until it was out of the airport, the statement read.

"[The donkey] was chased by members of the secret police and airport security guards who were able to restrain it," the statement said.

Airport security said that the donkey "probably" belonged to a street sanitation worker in the Sheraton neighbourhood close to the airport, and added that the donkey approached the airport from this direction.

The Sheraton neighbourhood is several kilometres away from the airport.

Shortly after the incident, aviation minister Hossam Kamal ordered a swift investigation into the incident.

The incident sparked different reactions among Egyptians on television and social media.

On private Egyptian satellite channel Al-Qahera Wal Nas, TV host Amr Adeeb said cars cannot enter the airport without a parking ticket, and wondered if the donkey had also needed one.

On Twitter, Egyptians poked fun.

"Even the donkey understands and has decided to travel," quipped Twitter user @tnsht3esh, alluding to the many Egyptians leaving the country in hopes of leading better lives elsewhere.

A new Twitter hashtag asked how the donkey had entered the airport.


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