Denmead comic James Alderson says security checks at Sharm el-Sheikh airport following plane disaster are ‘abysmal’

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Comedian James Alderson has spoken of the ‘abysmal’ security checks at an Egyptian airport where thousands of Britons are stranded following the Russian plane disaster that killed hundreds of people.

The Denmead resident and News Guide Award winner returned from Sharm el-Sheikh prior to the UK government’s decision to suspend flights while security procedures are stepped up.

I could certainly have hidden something the size of a iPhone or even bigger between my legs and it would not have been felt.

Comic James Alderson

The Airbus A321 was flying from Sharm el-Sheikh to St Petersburg, in Russia, on Saturday when it crashed and all 224 people onboard were killed.

In a post on his Facebook page, James said he was ‘waved through’ security and no thorough checks have been in place.

He said: ‘Having just returned from Sharm, I have to say that the security checks are abysmal.

‘Every person walking through sets the alarm off on the scanning walk through bit.

‘You then get patted down so softly and nonchalantly that it feels like a toddler is doing it.

‘It’s certainly not thorough.

‘I could certainly have hidden something the size of a iPhone or even bigger between my legs and it would not have been felt.

‘In fact, I walked through security and it set off the alarms, and when they asked me to empty my pockets and saw I had my wallet and phone and car keys in there, they just waved me on.

‘I’ll be pleased to see much more heightened security there when I go back in February.’

It comes after Portsmouth mum Sarah Cotterill spoke on TV about her ordeal returning to the UK after her EasyJet flight to Gatwick was cancelled.

Suspicions have been raised since that a bomb brought down the aircraft, while Isil have taken responsibility for the tragedy.