Egypt hotel bomb detectors 'offer no protection'

Concerns have been raised over the use of bomb detectors in Sharm el-Sheikh which it is claimed offer 'no protection' against terrorism Credit: PA

Devices being used to detect bombs in Sharm el-Sheikh in the wake of the Russian plane crash offer "no protection" an expert has claimed.

Security analyst Paul Beaver told The Sun that the wand-like devices being used by security guards to test luggage and cars in the popular tourist resort are "absolutely pointless."

He said that they appear to be based on those that came to prominence in recent years when a number of people in the UK were convicted in connection with fake bomb detectors.

"IS operatives planning an attack would be wise to them (the devices) and would know instantly that they offer no protection at checkpoints," he said.

"It's doubly disturbing that these devices seem to be a version of the gadget exposed as a crude con trick two years ago."

The Foreign Office said it will continue to raise concerns about the devices.

The Airbus 321 disintegrated 23 minutes after take-off on October 31, killing all 224 people on board the Metrojet flight.

Investigators are understood to be 90% sure a noise picked up by the cockpit voice recorder in the final seconds of the flight was the sound of an explosion caused by a bomb.

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has warned that airport security around the world would have to be overhauled if it was confirmed the crash in the Sinai was caused by an Islamic State bomb.