EgyptAir bans cargo on board of flights bound to US and Canada
Airport staff stand next to an EgyptAir plane on the runway at Cairo Airport, September 5, 2013. Reuters/Mohamed Abd El Ghany.

CAIRO: EgyptAir passenger flights, bound for the U.S. and Canada, will no longer be able to carry “giant” cargo and will allow passengers’ checked baggage only, a well-informed source at Egypt’s national carrier told Youm7 Friday.

“The decision comes in accordance with recommendations presented by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) delegation that has visited Egypt last week and inspected several Egyptian airports,” said the source.

The decision will be implemented as of Friday, said the source, adding the decision has been implemented on several carriers with flights bounding to the U.S. airports to ensure the safety of our customers following the Russian plane that crashed over Sinai at the end of October.

The authorities at Cairo International Airport received a mandate from the TSA delegations to step up security measures including enhanced random screenings of passengers, luggage and cargo, according to the source.

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