The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced today new security enhancements for commercial flights bound for the U.S. from certain foreign airports in the region, in the wake of last weekend's deadly Russian jet crash near Egypt's Sharm el Sheikh Airport, which Egyptian authorities said today was plausibly caused by a bomb.
Flights from Egypt's Sharm el Sheikh airport to the United Kingdom have been delayed amid concerns that the Russian jet that crashed in Egypt this weekend was brought down by an "explosive device," a Downing Street spokesman said.
The State Department has a blunt warning for US citizens today: Avoid travel to Egypt. And if you live there, leave.
More than 600 people have been killed in the latest round of political violence in that country and almost 4,000 are hurt.
Walid Metwally came to the US for school more than a decade ago. His two brothers and extended family are back in Cairo and Alexandria. That keeps him very much attached to what is going on in his home country.
After desperately trying to contact someone from the US State Department, the doctor and his family are now out of Egypt. Thanks to a network of people helping them out and a Congressman, they now have a flight back to the United States.
With all the chaos in Egypt, folks from around the world are concerned with the situation. For Karim Elfahla, the chaos in his homeland was a distraction during what should be one of the biggest days of his life, as he took the oath of citizenship in the United States.