A ridiculous hijacking stint kept the world holding its breath, as Seif Eldin Mustafa, an Egyptian man, boarded EgyptAir Flight 181 on Tuesday morning wore a fake explosives belt and demanded that the pilot take him to Cyprus. It has been concluded that the hijacker is ‘unstable’ and had the plane diverted to meet his ex-wife and family who he hasn’t seen in 24 years. Officials initially didn’t know whether the hijacker really had an explosive belt, but they had no choice but to take the threat seriously and gave in to most of his demands. Hence came to an end an incident that was harrowing for the 82 people on board and shocking, to say the least, for the rest of the world.

This is not the first time Egypt has come under fire for its lapses in airport security. In October last year, Metrojet Flight 9268 - taking off from Egypt’s Sharm el-Sheikh airport - was downed in the Sinai Peninsula, killing all 224 people on board. ISIS claimed responsibility, saying it breached security and smuggled a bomb on board. This incident however still triggers a number of perturbing questions about aviation security, especially that of Egypt’s who have been claiming it is now safe for tourists to travel to the country as they have beefed up security measures at airports and otherwise.

It is staggering however as to how a passenger, described by the Cypriot authorities as “mentally unstable” was able to carry enough materials through the airport to resemble a bomb? And what is to stop any future airline passenger, taking inspiration from this man, from pretending that he has a real explosive strapped to them? Lapses in airport security mean the decline of the global air transport industry, and countries must work together to improve SOPs to prevent such unforgivable lapses in light of the impending threat of terrorism.