File- A Middle East Airlines aircraft lands at Beirut International Airport, Friday, Jan. 20, 2012. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Iraqi security forces detained an airport official in connection with the decision to turn back a flight from Beirut Thursday after the son of the Iraqi transport minister missed the plane, Iraqi media reported.21 of the 71 passengers whose flight was cancelled because of the Iraqi decision flew to Baghdad late Thursday night.A source at Rafik Hariri International Airport said an Iraqi Airways CRJ 900 plane carrying 59 passengers arrived in Beirut and flew back to Baghdad with 21 passengers.
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