Why I Won’t Stop Flying EgyptAir

Despite the Recent Crash, the Airline Is as Endearing as the Country

“Yalla, go!” ordered an Egyptian girl behind me, pushing me into the security line mob.

Just 20 minutes before departure, the gate for a direct TunisAir flight from Cairo to Tunis opened, setting off a scramble of people trying to finish the security process so they could board the plane and claim all of the empty window seats, including mine. The assigned seat rule is something most Egyptians merely take as a suggestion.

People were piling their bags on top of one another on the security belt and squeezing through …