posted on Jan, 8 2004 @ 12:59 PM
The UK has officailly banned eight countries from using their airspace. Aircraft from countries such as Equatorial Guinea, Gambia, Liberia and
Tajikistan have all been banned. Some airlines of note are Sierra Leone's Star Air and Air Universal, Cameroon Airlines, Albanian Airlines and
Central Air Express, from DR Congo.
It seems that the Swiss had banned Flash airlines, the company operating the plane which crashed off the coast of Egypt last week.
Transport Minister Tony McNulty has published that the UK has a "rigorous safety regime" when it came to air travel. If this decision will fall
under major scrutiny, still remains to be seen.
Similar to a decision by the United States to go after people that trained in Al Qaeda camps in Afganistan, for what they might one-day do, the UK has
decided to ban these airlines for reasons of possible future threat. People around the world were upset and outraged by the thought of legally going
after someone that only had spent time in Afganistan with Bin Laden. How will the reaction fair banning airlines that might not even be a credible
threat? Time will tell.
Full BBC story:
[Edited on 8-1-2004 by SkepticOverlord]