Enforcing Existing Standards

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The loss of the Russian Metrojet aircraft in Egypt last October raised inevitable questions about the security measures in place at Sharm el-Sheikh, and what should be done to prevent future attacks.

At first, both the Egyptian and Russian governments refused to acknowledge that the crash was most likely caused by a terrorist act. Even after UK and U.S. authorities voiced early suspicions that it was caused by a bomb on board, it was another few weeks before the Russian Federal Security Service (FSS) announced that it was a terrorist attack with an improvised bomb detonated during the flight. The Egyptian government then reluctantly accepted this conclusion, based on forensic evidence collected at the scene of the crash site.

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