Eye scan plan for Cairo airport
A woman has filed a lawsuit against JetBlue Airways for mixing up her five-year-old son with another boy and flying him to the wrong city. Maribel Martinez charged in the lawsuit that she suffered “great emotional distress, extreme fear, horror, mental shock, mental anguish and psychological trauma” when she went to meet her son’s August 17 flight at John F Kennedy International Airport in New York and he wasn’t on it. The boy, Andy Martinez, had been mistakenly put on a flight to Boston’s Logan Airport instead of the flight to Kennedy. According to court papers, JetBlue staff at Logan escorted Andy to a woman he had never seen before and told him he was being reunited with his mother. Egyptian officials say they will soon announce a tender for a new security system for Cairo airport employees involving retina scans, attempting to meet a key Russian condition to resume flights to Egypt. They say Egypt has met most of Russia’s security recommendations at the airport, where 20,000 people work. It will be several months before the new retina scan system is in place. A visit last week by Russia’s transport minister raised hopes that Moscow was about to resume flights to Egypt, suspended last year when a Russian airliner crashed in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, killing all 224 people on board. The suspension dealt a blow to Egypt’s vital tourism sector.