Makyao, Air Uganda ya sasa hivi sivyo inaovyoonekana katika picha hii, hii nadhani ni ya enzi za Nduli Iddi Amin! Uganda Air ya sasa hivi ni privately-owned, inarangi nyeupe na black tail with the country's insignia.
That said, I really haven't heard anything about the threat, and I am in contact with Uganda
The US embassy in the Sudanese capital Khartoum has warned of a possible attack on Air Uganda planes.
The embassy said it had information that US travellers faced a potential threat between Juba in Sudan and the Ugandan capital, Kampala.
But the Sudanese foreign ministry said the threat was "not serious".
Sudan is on a list of 14 countries where US-bound passengers will be subjected to extra searches following the attempted plane bombing last month.
Other Sudanese officials said they had known of a potential threat for some time.
The AFP news agency reported that one plane en route to Juba was diverted as a precaution.
In a statement, the US embassy said it had "received information indicating a desire by regional extremists to conduct a deadly attack on board Air Uganda aircraft" on the Juba to Kampala route.
The embassy said the "capacity of these extremists to carry out such an attack is unknown" but that the threat was "of sufficient seriousness that all American air travellers should be made aware".
AFP said an Air Uganda flight was returned to Entebbe airport in Kampala when it was ordered to return.
Ignie Igunduura, a spokesman for Uganda's Civil Aviation Authority, said the information was not new and the authorities had "been aware of this threat for some time".
"But any time there is renewed information, and this renewed information came from the US but also others, you don't start taking chances," he said.
A spokesman for the Ugandan army, Lt Col Felix Kulayigye, also said he was surprised the US had issued the warning as the intelligence had been known since early December.
He said the country was "a constant target of these extremists" and was always on the alert, so there was "no cause for alarm".
But Foreign Ministry spokesman Moawiya Osman Khalid said there was nothing to support the allegations of a planned attack and criticised the US for the manner of the warning.
"They did not inform us of this security threat, we learnt about it from the embassy's website," AFP quoted him as saying. "They did not ask for our cooperation, which they should have done before notifying the media."
The US has stepped up its air security after a Nigerian man allegedly attempted to blow up an airliner bound for Detroit on 25 December.
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab - who allegedly tried to detonate explosives concealed in his underwear - has been charged with the attempted murder of 290 people and five other counts.
US warns of deadly attack planned on Air Uganda flight
Andrew Heavens in Khartoum, Sudan
Published on 10 Jan 2010 The United States has warned that "regional extremists" were planning an attack on Air Uganda flights between southern Sudan and Kampala, the capital city of Uganda.
Uganda's army said it was aware of the threat and was taking precautions. "We are a constant target of these extremists and are always alert, so there is no cause for alarm," said Uganda's army spokesman, Major Felix Kulayigye.
The warning came amid ­heightened tensions following the botched Christmas Day bombing attempt on a Detroit-bound US airliner, blamed on a Nigerian man whom US officials believe was trained by al-Qaeda in Yemen.
The US stepped up security screenings of passengers travelling from or through Sudan and 13 other countries after the failed attack. US embassy staff in Khartoum published a warning late on Friday of "a potential threat against commercial aviation transiting between Juba [southern Sudan's capital] and Kampala, Uganda".
"The US embassy has received information indicating a desire by regional extremists to conduct a deadly attack onboard Air Uganda aircraft on this route," the embassy statement read.
The statement said it was not clear whether the group had the ability to mount an attack but warned air passengers to be alert. The US embassy did not name potential attackers but has said in the past that some groups were active in Sudan.
In October, Somalia's al-Shabaab rebels threatened to strike Kampala and Bujumbura, the capital city of Burundi, in revenge for rocket attacks by peacekeepers from Uganda and Burundi, which killed at least 30 people in Mogadishu, Somalia's capital. Washington says al-Shabaab has close ties with al-Qaeda. Uganda and Burundi both have about 2500 peacekeepers in Mogadishu.
Security at Sudan's Juba airport is lax. An eyewitness reporter confirmed that the only scanner in the airport was not working last week and said that security staff do not go beyond hand-searches of luggage.
Anne Itto, a senior member of southern Sudan's People's Liberation Movement, said she was sure the region's security services were aware of the threat "and they will take care of it".
Sudan, which hosted al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in the 1990s before expelling him, has been on a US list of state sponsors of terrorism since 1993.
...I hope ulinzi utaimarishwa Dar Airport sasa, sio kuwaachia vibaka wa Swissport kutuibia mizigo yetu tu. Magaidi si abiria peke yao, vetting ifanyike hata kwa Ground staff na tabia zao mbaya za 'kuchomoa' mizigo ya abiria.