News

EgyptAir Cancels Flight to Bangkok Over Fake Bomb Threat

EgyptAir Cancels Flight to Bangkok Over Fake Bomb Threat

EgyptAir-flight

Egyptian national airliner EgyptAir canceled a Bangkok-bound flight early on Wednesday after receiving an anonymous tip claiming there was a bomb onboard the plane, privately-owned Al-Masry Al-Youm reported.

After carrying out a comprehensive search of the airplane with the help of bomb experts and sniffer dogs, in addition to investigating all of the 226 passengers onboard, the security team concluded that there was nothing to be found on the aircraft that would indicate the existence of an explosive device.

Although the bomb threat was deemed false, EgyptAir Flight 960, which was scheduled to depart from Cairo International Airport on Tuesday evening, was canceled altogether after a three-hour delay.

Egypt’s flag carrier has experienced a series of security-related incidents recently. Last month, EpyptAir flight MS804 bound for Cairo from Paris crashed in the Mediterranean after “vanishing” from the radar.

In March, one of the passengers on flight MS181 en route from Alexandria to Cairo hijacked the airplane, forcing it to land in Cyprus. He reportedly hijacked the EgyptAir plane with the aim of reaching his ex-wife, who lives in Cyprus. The hijacking was resolved peacefully and all of the 55 passengers were released without procuring any injuries.

These incidents, together with the Russian airplane that exploded over the Sinai Peninsula in October last year, have raised fears that Egypt’s struggling economy will suffer further damage as the country’s tourism sector is a key income-earner.

Tourism minister Yehia Rashed said in April that tourism numbers have declined by 40 percent compared to the same period last year.

Egypt, Hungary Sign €900 Million Train Deal, Agree to Boost Anti-Terrorism Cooperation
French Ship Detects Black Box Signal Presumed to be From Crashed EgyptAir Plane

Subscribe to our newsletter


News

More in News

Archaeological Mission Unearths Ancient Pregnant Woman Burial

Egyptian StreetsNovember 14, 2018

Egyptian MP to Submit Bill Omitting Religion from National IDs to Parliament

Egyptian StreetsNovember 12, 2018

British Parliament Encourages Lifting the Travel Ban Imposed on Sharm El Sheikh

Nour EltiganiNovember 11, 2018

Egyptian Film ‘Yomeddine’ Wins at Geneva Film Festival

Mirna AbdulaalNovember 10, 2018

UN: Food Aid to Be Doubled to 14 Million Yemenis to Avert Starvation

Mirna AbdulaalNovember 10, 2018

Bedouin Tribes of ‘Sinai Trail’ Get Backing From Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism

Mirna AbdulaalNovember 10, 2018

Egyptian Committee to Amend Controversial NGO Law

Nour EltiganiNovember 9, 2018

Private School Fees in Cairo Can Cost Up to 3 Million EGP

Mirna AbdulaalNovember 8, 2018
Egyptian Streets is an independent, young, and grass roots news media organization aimed at providing readers with an alternate depiction of events that occur on Egyptian and Middle Eastern streets, and to establish an engaging social platform for readers to discover and discuss the various issues that impact the region.

© 2017 Egyptian Streets. All Rights Reserved.