The Sudanese “Badr Airlines” revealed the details behind the Egyptian authorities’ arrest of one of its passengers at Luxor Airport during a flight.
The Sudanese Badr Airlines confirmed that it had nothing to do with the arrest of one of its passengers, “Hossam Menoufy” by the Egyptian authorities, on its last flight numbered “J4690”, which had made an emergency stop at Luxor International Airport in Egypt after an the smoke detection alarm went off in the cargo cabin no. 1.
In a press statement, Badr indicated that various media outlets circulated news about the Egyptian authorities’ arrest of an “Egyptian” traveler on the flight to Istanbul.
The Sudanese carrier explained that it operates in accordance with the internationally enforced principles and controls of air navigation systems, and that after the smoke detection alarm went off, and as a required by aviation regulations and laws, landing at the nearest airport was necessary.
The landing, as per Badr, then took place smoothly at Luxor International Airport in Egypt.
The airlines said that its crew “dealt with the situation professionally and used fire extinguishers as a preventive measure inside the luggage rooms, according to the requirements of operating the aircraft.”
“Later, it turned out that it was a wrong signal, and this caused the plane to be sent to the maintenance center in Europe from Luxor Airport to restore the alarm system to normal, and the plane is still present at Bratislava Airport,” Badr’s statement continued.
The statement indicated that the company then decided on sending another plane to Luxor to transport passengers and continue the trip, noting that the process of boarding the alternate plane makes Egyptian authorities part of the travel procedures as is implemented in the aviation regulations, “which led to the arrest of the Egyptian passenger.”
The company confirmed in its statement that it operates in accordance with air safety regulations and aviation laws, and is keen on the safety of passengers.
It stressed that it had nothing to do with the actions taken by the Egyptian authorities, and that this does not fall within the scope of its responsibility.
The company also denied any knowledge about any reasons for the arrest of its passenger.