Zeaiter said that security measures have been beefed up at Beirut airport. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Lebanon has strongly refuted rumors about an alleged attempt to bomb an Air France passenger jet from Beirut airport, saying such rumors were aimed at disrupting work at the facility.The alleged bomb attempt coincided with reports that Air France and British Airways may end their flights to and from Beirut airport over safety concerns.Air France said it is cooperating with relevant Lebanese authorities to secure the safety of passengers in line with security instructions adopted at Beirut airport, LBCI channel reported Sunday.Yet, the Interior Ministry appeared intent on quashing speculation of security lapses at Beirut airport, days after Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk was quoted as saying that Air France and British Airways may end services to and from Lebanon over safety concerns. The ministry said in its statement that two committees of professional aviation experts from Britain and France had visited Beirut airport and voiced their remarks about the administrative, technical and security work at the airport that conformed with international standards to guarantee the passengers' security.
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