TSA delegation praises Cairo Airport, EgyptAir security measures


A US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) delegation, headed by Tim Sanderson, praised security efforts by EgyptAir and Cairo International Airport – particularly the team responsible for New York flights – remarking that the security procedures were better than expected.

A number of additional security measures have been applied at the airport, as well as other Egyptian airports and companies affiliated with the Aviation Ministry, aimed at safeguarding individuals, buildings and flights, according to Civil Aviation Minister Younis al-Masry.

He added that the airport’s cargo village, its supplies building, and procedures for securing passengers and their luggage on flights to New York passed the delegation’s inspection, without any comments.

Robert McLaughlin, the attaché of the US Department of Homeland Security for North Africa and the Middle East, thanked Egyptian officials for facilitating his 25th visit to the country.

The TSA intends to continue its two-phase training program, after the first ended in August 2018, McLaughlin continued. The program was offered to Cairo Airport employees in coordination with the Egyptian Civil Aviation Authority.

The next training will be on “Insider Threats”, the American attaché said, adding that some Arab countries have also been offered assistance.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm.

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