CAIRO: A Chinese national is facing legal procedures after a remote controlled drone – an illegal product in Egypt – was confiscated from his luggage at Cairo International Airport, Youm7 reported Sunday.
The customs department suspected the passenger and, after inspecting his luggage, found a drone supported with a sensitive video camera that can allegedly be used for spying purposes.
The drone was confiscated, a source at the department told Youm7, adding that the passenger, who flew in from London, will be facing legal procedures.
Similar incidents have previously occurred where small drones used for spying were seized at ports. In February, two containers holding a large number of small drones and sex toys were seized in Port of Sokhna in Suez Gulf, according to Youm7.
On April 19, the customs department confiscated a number of devices allegedly used for spying purposes, including flash memories and headsets coming from China, Youm7 reported Monday.
Luggage and personal inspections by airport customs are routine measures, under which the department said it has foiled hundreds of attempts to smuggle drugs, unlicensed artifacts, large amounts of money, sex toys and alleged spying cameras into the country.