The missing Egypt Air plane took off yesterday from Charles de Gaulle also known as CDG Paris International Airport. This French airport is becoming part of a criminal investigation by French and Egyptian authorities as the possible weak link in the disappearance of an Egyptian airline yesterday.
CDG is the airport where seventy workers were suspected of being radical Islamists and have had their security passes revoked since the deadly attacks last year. The question remains, how many more may have been overlooked? Is there a possible link between the possible terror attack on Egypt Air yesterday and security at CDG Airport?
Of course officials in Paris confirmed very tied security had been in place at CDG airport after the November terror attack on the French capital – but was this enough?
After the Paris attacks French security agents have also examined the contents of around 4,000 workers’ lockers at Charles de Gaulle and Orly as the airports authority attempts to weed out any potential terrorists working at the busy transport hubs.
French security in December concluded that Islamist militants killed in a police raid after the November 13 attacks were planning to attack Charles de Gaulle, France’s biggest international airport.
The radicalisation of airport personnel sparked concern after the crash in October of a Russian passenger plane in Egypt which Western intelligence officials believe was brought down by a bomb smuggled on board by an airport worker.
As reported in the London Telegraph in December 2015 nearly 70 red badges were invalidated after the Paris terror attacks, mainly for cases of radicalisation.
85,000 people had secure-zone clearance in the two airports, most of them working for airlines or for several hundred subcontractors.