Security personnel on a flight from Sharm el-Sheikh to Cairo Wednesday prevented an Egyptian passenger from opening the aircraft’s emergency door at an altitude of 8000 feet.
Egypt’s grand mufti and 143 other passengers were on board the EgyptAir Boeing 737 plane.
The plane's crew handed over Abdallah Sayyed Ahmed to Cairo airport security upon landing, according to security sources. He was referred to prosecutors for endangering the safety of passengers and the aircraft.
Interrogations revealed that Ahmed worked in a Sharm el-Sheikh hotel and was dismissed one week ago. He tried to take revenge for his dismissal by opening the plane's door, the security sources said.
Security personnel and other passengers controlled the situation by tying Ahmed to his seat until the plane landed.
Translated from the Arabic Edition