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Egypt defends airport security after hijack drama

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By Euronews
Egypt defends airport security after hijack drama

<p>The hijack of EgyptAir Flight MS181 on Tuesday after its take-off from Alexandria may have ended safely.</p> <p>But security questions raised are likely to deal another blow to the Egyptian tourism industry.</p> <p>Speaking to reporters as the hostage drama at Larnaca, Cyprus, came to an end, Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail said that the hijacker at one point demanded a meeting with a representative of the EU and at another point demanded that the plane leave for another airport.</p> <p>“In general there was no specific demand,” Ismail said.</p> <p>“He is an Egyptian and obviously there will be a thorough investigation to find out the reasons behind such an act.”</p> <p>Egypt is eager to demonstrate that security at its airports is good.</p> <p>TV channels have been showing video footage posted by Egypt’s Interior Ministry on its Facebook page in which a man presented as the suspected hijacker is seen <a href="https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=1061174893926173">passing through a scanner</a> before the plane took off, amid security checks at Borg El Arab airport in Alexandria</p>