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Travel industry braces over security fears

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 01:15

Two Air France flights bound for Paris from the United States were diverted for several hours on Tuesday following anonymous bomb threats. As Sara Hemrajani reports, there are fears more security threats could damage the airline industry.

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It was a drama the man who took this photo could probably do without. But at least the diversion of Air France Flight 65 ended without anyone being hurt. The Airbus A380 landed safely in Salt Lake City after leaving Los Angeles bound for Paris. Another Air France flight - a Boeing 777 from Washington - was diverted to Halifax in Canada. Both were victims of anonymous threats. No devices were found, but after the Paris attacks and the downing of a Russian passenger plane in Egypt, it's a nervous time for the travel industry, says Richard Hunter from Hargreaves Lansdown. SOUNDBITE: Richard Hunter, head of equities, Hargreaves Lansdown, saying (English): "We've seen the airlines being faced with some weakness in terms of their share prices, the same also moved across to some of the international hotel groups and indeed some of the international cruise operators. So they're very much going to be at the forefront of investors' minds depending on how this situation actually rolls out." Airlines have been lapping up cheap fuel in recent months and many have been enjoying a welcome respite from turbulent economic times. That could now be at risk. Air France says an investigation to identify the source of the telephone call is underway. And few expect this security scare to be the last.

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Travel industry braces over security fears

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 01:15