Friday, November 6, 2015

Officials working on bringing nearly 20,000
Britons home.
The British government, on Wednesday, made the decision to
freeze all flights to and from Sharm el Sheikh, the resort town in which
Saturday's deadly Russian airliner crash originated.
The decision comes as
new reports point to an explosion and potential "terrorist bomb" as the
cause, leaving nearly 20,00 Britons stranded in Egypt.
Rescue flights are planned to begin on Friday and according to the BBC,
British Airways has confirmed they will be operating two.
Prime Minister David
Cameron is also holding talks with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi at
Downing Street.
In the meantime, stranded travelers are left frustrated with
little information on the ground and the fear of extra costs creeping in.
This morning, travel operator Thompson Holidays issued a statement
clarifying what precautions will be taken in bringing customers back to the
"These flights will operate under special security measures mandated by
the UK Government," read the statement.
"Customers will not be able to bring any hold luggage with them on these
Only hand luggage can be brought on board and normal Thomson cabin
baggage restrictions apply.
All hold luggage will be returned to customers
under separate secure cover arranged by the UK Government." Some airlines
like British Airways have stated that they will cover hotel accommodations for
those who had planned on traveling with them, but others are left wondering
whether their travel insurance will cover extra costs.
Those looking to make
it to the UK via alternative routes invalidate any travel coverage they may
have as the Foreign Office is advising against all travel by air from the
Not only is the halt affecting those trying to get home.
Egyptians are also
left concerned, as tourism is a main stimulus of their economy.
In response, Prime Minister Cameron and the government have issued their
sympathy, but urge that they must put the safety of the British people fist.
John Scarpinato is the editorial assistant at Travel + Leisure.
Follow him
on Twitter at @jtscarpinato.
In the wake of the Russian airliner crash, the British
government has decided to halt all air travel to and from the Egyptian resort
What does this mean for travelers and when will flights resume?

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