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Posts Tagged ‘Air France’

Update: Air France Bomb Scare Was FAKE, AGAIN

Sunday, December 20th, 2015

First, it was suspicious. Then, it was REAL. Now it is FAKE.
There are so many versions of this tale that it is getting hard to keep track.

But the latest word from Air France CEO Frederic Gagey is that the suspected “device” was a faker, made of paper and a timer.

The “bomb scare” on Air France flight 463 Sunday morning was taken by sappers away from Moi International Airport in Mombasa, Kenya to be scrutinized after it was found by a passenger in the lavatory of the plane.

Gagey told reporters that because there was no explosive material in the device, it would not have been detected during pre-flight security checks in Mauritius. Passengers and crew were not at risk, he said.

The device appeared to have been made from a carton, sheets of paper and a kitchen timer, Gagey explained. It was placed behind a mirror in the lavatory. The Air France CEO thanked the crew and Kenyan authorities for the professional manner in which they handled the incident.

It was the fourth such “bomb scare” to strike Air France since the November 13 terrorist massacre in Paris.

The flight set out from Mauritius en route to Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris with 459 passengers and 14 crew members.

When the device was discovered, the pilot requested an emergency landing and then brought the plane down very, very slowly, according to one passenger who spoke with the BBC. “The plane just went down slowly, slowly, slowly, so we just realized probably, something was wrong,” he said.

But passengers were told only that the plane was being diverted due to a technical problem.

The Kenya government issued a statement to media at the time saying, “Bomb experts from the Navy and DCI (Directorate of Criminal Investigations) have retrieved the device and are determining whether the components contained explosives.”

Kenyan Interior Ministry cabinet secretary Joseph Nkaissery said authorities were also checking into the security screening procedures that had been carried out by France and Mauritius. “We are in touch with Mauritius to know how security screening of passengers was done,” he said. “A few passengers are being interrogated.”

“The explosive was carried away to a safe place outside the airport. Bomb experts from the Kenya Navy took the bomb away to safety,” the Kenya Airports Authority said in a Facebook post.

At least six passengers were questioned about the device, a police official told Associated Press on condition of anonymity. One passenger described it as “a stopwatch mounted on a box,” the official said.

New Bomb Scare Diverts Air France Flight En Route to Paris

Sunday, December 20th, 2015

An Air France flight en route to Paris from Mauritania was forced to make an unscheduled stop in Kenya early Sunday morning after a suspicious device was found aboard the aircraft.

All passengers were safely evacuated from the Boeing 777, as bomb sappers rushed aboard to examine the unidentified device, which was found in a lavatory.

Air France Flight 463 was carrying 459 passengers and 14 crew members, according to Kenya police spokesperson Charles Owino.

“The pilots requested an emergency landing when a device suspected to be an explosive was discovered in the lavatory,” Owino told reporters.

The flight departed Mauritius at 9 pm for Charles DeGaulle Airport in Paris.

The aircraft landed at Moi International Airport in Mombasa, Kenya, according to Reuters and other news agencies.

Air France Flight 83 Diverts Due to Threat

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

An unspecified anonymous threat prompted an Air France flight en route from San Francisco to Paris to divert to Montreal’s Trudeau Airport on Tuesday morning.

The crew aboard Flight AF083 decided to divert ” as a precautionary measure,” according to a statement by the airline. The aircraft landed just before midnight local time in Montreal, with at least 15 fire trucks and police cars waiting on the tarmac.

Passengers disembarked safely “in groups of 50, to be checked individually,” one passenger tweeted, after police first boarded the aircraft to begin investigating with everyone still on the plane.

Canadian authorities spent several hours verifying the aircraft, passengers and baggage and said an investigation into the origin of the threat would be launched.

Passengers told media that they were informed by the crew they were diverted due to “operational reasons.” The airline said they would take “all measures” to send the passengers on to their destinations.

 

Air France Employees Performed Quenelle Salute

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Three Air France union officials “joyfully” performed the Quenelle reverse Nazi salute at a rally last November but not reported until this week by the French Liberation newspaper.

Air France management issued a statement condemning the salute, according to the European Jewish Press, which reported they were “extremely shocked” and promise ”to take appropriate actions,” whatever that means.

The quenelle was popularized by French anti-Semitic comedian, so he calls himself, Dieudonne.

David Ricatte, secretary and spokesman of the CGT-Air France Communist union, defended his performing the salute and claimed it has no racial or religious significance. He argued that it was a fashionable anti-establishment sign until it was publicized in December as anti-Semitic

“However, earlier in January, Ricatte posted on his personal Twitter account a dubbed version of the scene of Adolf Hitler in ‘Downfall’ in which Hitler is a parodied version of French Interior Minister Manuel Valls condemning the quenelle,” EJP reported.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/air-france-employees-performed-quenelle-salute/2014/02/04/

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