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Egypt Hires British Consulting Firm to Review Airport Security After Russian Plane Crash

Egypt Hires British Consulting Firm to Review Airport Security After Russian Plane Crash

An Egyptian man lays flowers at the scene of the Russian passenger plane crash in Egypt's North Sinai (Mohamed Abd El Ghany/ Reuters)
An Egyptian man lays flowers at the scene of the Russian passenger plane crash in Egypt’s North Sinai (Mohamed Abd El Ghany/ Reuters)

Egypt’s Tourism Minister Hisham Zaazou has announced that Control Risks, a global consultancy firm based in London, has been hired to review security at some of Egypt’s airports.

On their website, Control Risks is described as an “independent, global risk consultancy specializing in political, integrity and security risk”. The firm was founded in 1975 and has 36 offices across the globe.

The move comes after a Russian passenger plane carrying 224 people crashed in Egypt’s North Sinai in October. The crash led to many reports criticizing Egypt’s airport security and resulted in a number of European airlines suspending flights to and from Egypt.

Despite Russian officials claiming the plane was brought down by a bomb, Egyptian investigators have said there is no evidence so far of terrorism linked to the crash.

Egypt has been working to restore all flights to Egypt and has promised to upgrade airport security in the face of scrutiny.

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