Belgium holds Cairo flight over `suspect` passenger

A scheduled Brussels-Cairo flight by the Egyptian airline Egyptair was cancelled on Saturday because of suspicious behaviour by a passenger, Belgian police said.

AFP| Updated: Sep 06, 2015, 04:33 AM IST

Brussels: A scheduled Brussels-Cairo flight by the Egyptian airline Egyptair was cancelled on Saturday because of suspicious behaviour by a passenger, Belgian police said.

Egyptair flight MS 726 was denied clearance for take off to let security "re-examine the passenger list and baggage", the federal police said in a brief press release.

"In the light of uncertainties about a passenger and as a matter of precaution, the flight cannot takeoff until security services are able to carry out wider checks," it said.

The Flemish-language newspaper Het Nieuwsblad said that the passenger was detained for questioning after saying "something`s going to happen" on the flight. He was already under monitoring by the security services, it added.

The flight should have taken off at 3:55 pm (1355 GMT) but was cancelled several hours later, and passengers were put on other flights, the French-language daily Le Soir said.

The police and Brussels` airport authority could not be immediately reached for comment.