Denmead comedian attacks ‘nonchalant’ security checks at Egyptian airport where thousands of Britons are stranded in wake of plane disaster

The tail of a Metrojet plane that crashed in Hassana, Egypt on Saturday
The tail of a Metrojet plane that crashed in Hassana, Egypt on Saturday
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ONE of the last tourists to fly back from an Egyptian airport where thousands of Britons are stranded has attacked airline officials’ ‘abysmal’ security checks.

Denmead comedian James Alderson made it back safely to the UK just a day before the government suspended all flights out of Sharm el-Sheikh.

James Alderson

James Alderson

It comes as fears grow that a bomb brought down the Airbus A321 as it flew from the Red Sea resort to St Petersburg, in Russia, on Saturday, killing all 224 people onboard.

Speaking to The News, Mr Alderson, 40, said: ‘The security in a lot of these places is nonchalant at the best of times.

‘People were going through the security terminals and the alarms were being set off everywhere. I was sat down with another comedian and we saw how security staff were just patting people down on each side and patting them on the ribs.

‘Security were carrying guns outside of the building, but it didn’t look like they had their body armour on properly, it was just loose hanging.

I was sat down with another comedian and we saw how security staff were just patting people down on each side and patting them on the ribs.

Denmead comedian James Alderson

‘It just seemed like they were doing what they had been told to do.’

Mr Alderson, who regular performs in the Sharm resort, flew out the day after the disaster. He said: ‘There are always delays from what I have experienced in Sharm anyway. But everyone was a bit twitchy, and there weren’t any planes at our terminal apart from those with Thomson and EasyJet.’

In a Facebook post, he added: ‘Having just returned from Sharm I have to say that the security checks are abysmal.’

Meanwhile, Portsmouth mum Sarah Cotterill yesterday told how she still awaits a flight back to the UK and had been sent back to her hotel.

The former Mayfield student told BBC News: ‘At the airport we had practically no information, and there were a few members of the Egyptian staff at the airport trying to tell us what they knew, but that was practically nothing.

‘Just as we were leaving, some embassy staff turned up and they travelled with us to the hotel.

‘While we were sat at the hotel, the lady from the embassy was telling us what was going on, but this morning we’ve not seen or heard from anybody.’