20 flights without bags after Egypt airport strike

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Associated Press

Posted on May 18, 2013 at 6:03 PM

Updated Saturday, May 18 at 6:03 PM

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian officials say baggage handlers in Cairo's airport have gone on strike to protest a colleague's death, leaving passengers on 20 international flights from Europe and Arab countries waiting several hours for luggage.

Airport officials say senior officials from the country's national carrier are meeting the baggage handlers to hear their demands, which include guarantees of safer working conditions.

The strike started Saturday after a baggage handler who works for EgyptAir died when a conveyer belt used to unload luggage fell on his head. Airport officials say it took more than an hour for the ambulance to arrive at the scene from the airport's onsite hospital.

Officials spoke anonymously because they were not authorized to brief the media.

The strike by around 60 baggage handlers did not disrupt flights.

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