SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt: The latest on the crash of a Russian plane in Egypt that killed all 224 people onboard last Saturday. (All times local.)
Dutch carrier KLM has instructed its passengers leaving from the Egyptian capital of Cairo that they can only take hand luggage on board the plane departing Friday.
A statement on KLM’s website says the measure is “based on national and international information and out of precaution.”
It follows a similar announcement from Britain, whose tourists are allowed to only take carry-on luggage as they start leaving the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.
Security officials at the Cairo airport told The Associated Press that flight KL554 left for Amsterdam on Friday morning with only 115 passengers out of the 247 who were booked.
The officials say the remaining passengers refused to leave without taking their check-in bags. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.
-Maamoun Youssef in Cairo.
Egyptian police are carrying out detailed security checks around the airport at Sharm el-Sheikh – the resort from where the doomed Russian plane took off last weekend – after U.K. officials confirmed that flights will start bringing stranded British tourists home from the Sinai Peninsula.
Dozens of busses are waiting outside the airport on Friday morning, with the line stretching up to a kilometer (half mile) as police inspect each vehicle. Most of those onboard are Russian and British tourists.
Britain has said that additional security measures will be in place, including only allowing passengers to carry hand baggage, while checked luggage will be transported separately.
The Metrojet plane crashed 23 minutes after taking off from the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh for St. Petersburg last Saturday, with mostly Russians aboard.
Russia and Egypt on Thursday dismissed Western suggestions that a terrorist bomb may have caused the crash that killed 224 people, saying the speculation was a rush to judgment.