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Did you read about the Egypt Air plane that was hijacked? Read on to find out more…
Gilbert the Guard aka Security Meister
Fake hijack; what does it mean for future security?
On Tuesday 29th March 2016, a domestic Egypt Air flight was forced to be diverted to Larnaca airport in Cyprus after reports claimed that the aircraft was hijacked. After a tense negotiation period, the hijacker, who was reported to be wearing an explosive vest, released all of the passengers and surrendered himself to the authorities.
In an interesting twist of events, it was reported by airline officials that the vest the hijacker was wearing was a fake and that one of the motives of the hijacker was to get in contact with his estranged wife. The incident was later ruled out as not terrorism-related.
Although this six hour siege ended peacefully, what does it mean for airport security especially after the tragic events at the Brussels airport the week before? It is more than likely that the security procedures in all airports will be stepped up within a matter of days, if not hours. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.