UK stops all flight to and from Sharm el-Sheikh

“Significant possibility” an explosive device caused Metrojet crash
The UK has stopped all flights to and from the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, saying there is a “significant possibility” an explosive device caused the Metrojet plane crash at the weekend that killed all 224 people on board.
The decision was made after UK and US intelligence experts studied the airport’s security. Arrangements are being made to fly home approximately 20,000 British nationals currently in Sharm, including 9,000 on package tours, on special flights.
Additional temporary screening and security will be put in place at the airport for this purpose.
“We have concluded there was a significant possibility that that crash was caused by an explosive device on board the aircraft,” said the country’s foreign secretary, Philip Hammond.
The UK now advises against all but essential travel via Sharm el-Sheikh airport. But the travel advice on the resort itself remains unchanged and described as safe.
Egypt is disappointed by the decision to suspend flights, accusing the UK government of making “a premature and unwarranted statement” on the crash.


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