A middle east airlines (MEA) airplane is seen in the tarmac of Rafik Hariri International Airport in Beirut, Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Iraq's transport minister is prepared to pay for the losses incurred when a plane from Beirut to Baghdad was forced to turn around because his son had missed the flight.Twenty minutes into the flight Thursday, the pilot of the Middle East Airlines flight was told by the head of MEA in Baghdad that he would not be allowed to land because Amiri's son, Mahdi, was not on board. The MEA chairman added that last week's incident would not affect Lebanon's ties with Iraq and emphasized that the airline would continue its flights to Baghdad as usual.
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