DHS increases security at foreign airports

- In the wake of the possible bombing of a Russian jet over Egypt, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is boosting security at some foreign airports.

"Transportation Security Administrator Peter Neffenger and I, out of an abundance of caution, have identified a series of interim, precautionary enhancements to aviation security with respect to commercial flights bound for the United States from certain foreign airports in the region," Secretary Jeh Johnson said in a statement. "While there are no direct commercial air flights from Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt to the United States, these enhancements are designed to provide an additional layer of security for the traveling public, and will be undertaken in consultation with relevant foreign governments and relevant passenger and cargo airlines."

Johnson said that the stepped-up DHS security will include "expanded screening" to airpcraft cargo and baggage, "airport assessments" with foreign partners, and "offers of other assistance" to authorities at certain foreign airports.

Metrojet Flight 9268 crashed October 31, 2015, on the Sinai Peninsula. Authorities are investigating, but U.S. and U.K. officials said that a terrorist bombing may have been to blame.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia was set to suspend flights to Egypt until more is known.

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