UAE airlines ban Yemen cargo after mail bomb plot

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November 7, 2010 14:34

 
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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Airlines in the United Arab Emirates on Sunday said they have stopped carrying cargo from Yemen as a precaution following the discovery of two mail bombs shipped as air freight.

The Middle East's biggest airline Emirates, which operates out of Dubai, and Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways each confirmed the cargo embargoes in response to questions Sunday. Discount carrier Air Arabia, based in the emirate of Sharjah, also said it had stopped accepting freight originating in Yemen.

One of two packages sent in the mail bomb plot late last month was discovered at a FedEx cargo facility by UAE authorities in Dubai. It arrived in the city-state after traveling on two separate Qatar Airways flights, whose officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment on their cargo policies Sunday. The second mailed bomb, shipped by UPS, was intercepted in the United Kingdom.

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