Eritrea’s Asmara International Airport has come under scrutiny following the crash of an EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo last Wednesday. Flight 804 crashed into the Mediterranean Sea and all 56 people on board are feared dead. The scrutiny came after reports suggest that the A320 aircraft had flown through five airports in the 48 hours before it disappeared off radar screens, including the Asmara International Airport in Eritrea.
The United States Department of State Bureau of Diplomatic Security said in its 2015 Crime and Safety Report on Eritrea that the security at the Asmara International Airport can be unpredictable.
“While the airport does show signs of due diligence, the use of national service conscripts generally results in the lack of efficiency and consistency,” the report said. “Persons manning passport control are often inexperienced. It is not uncommon to have a number of people check your passport upon arrival and departure. Travelers are not fingerprinted nor are photographs taken. Airport security lacks technology to detect fraudulent documents.”