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It’s probably safe at this point to conclude that something isn’t quite right with the commercial aviation situation in Egypt. There have been several interesting developments following Saturday’s A321 crash:
- Several airlines began avoiding the Sinai Peninsula
- The UK halted all flights to Sharm el-Sheikh
- Lufthansa also suspended flights to Sharm el-Sheikh
- KLM has now banned checked bags on its flight from Cairo to Amsterdam tomorrow
Of all the related news over the past few days, this last bit is especially interesting — and unusual. For one flight only (as of now), KLM is not allowing passengers to check their bags. KL554, which is expected to depart Cairo tomorrow morning around 4am, will not be carrying any checked passenger luggage. Travelers will instead only be permitted to fly with carry-on bags, which undergo a different screening process.
What’s especially notable here is that only one flight on one date is currently restricted, and that the affected airport is Egypt’s major intercontinental hub in Cairo, which hosts dozens of major international airlines and wasn’t really part of the story until today.
The UK has also announced that it will allow flights to depart from Sharm el-Sheikh to the UK tomorrow, but that flights operating in the other direction are still banned. Like with the KLM flight, only carry-on bags will be permitted on board.
H/T: One Mile at a Time
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