In our post 9/11 world does the October 31, 2015 crash of the Russian Metrojet Flight 9268 represent another game changer for the civil aviation industry?
By: Ringo Bones
With the latest findings of the European investigators of the Russian Metrojet Flight 9268 after extensive forensic examination of its black-box now point with 99-percent confidence that a smuggled explosive device was the cause of the crash, the world now precociously face another “game-changer” yet again for the post 9/11 civil aviation industry. Ever since the “shoe-bomber incident”, air travel for ordinary folks in our post 9/11 world has been marked by very invasive and draconian security checks where even items as innocuous as baby formula exceeding a certain volume are banned in flights for fear that they might be a “terrorist’s explosive device”. But does the recent Metrojet Flight 9268 crash over the Sinai back in Halloween point that lax security checks for airport workers might be the air travel industry’s weakest point?
While Russian newspapers loyal to the strongman Vladimir Putin had been busy publishing “conspiracy theories” that MI-5 , CIA agents and even those handful of Ukrainians fighting for Islamic State / Daesh are the ones responsible for the crash of Metrojet Flight 9268 before Islamic State / Daesh released a statement that they managed to successfully smuggle an explosive device on board the flight that brought the plane down with the loss of 217 passengers and 7 flight crew, it seems that this tragic event means that another “inconvenient” security routine will be passed on to us, the average airline commuter, yet again. And ordinary “budget tourists” of Russian, British and other nationalities currently visiting Egypt are the very one’s inconvenienced by the security implications of the tragic incident.
The aircraft involved was Airbus A321-231 operated by the Russian airline company Kogalymavia – which is branded as Metrojet to non Russian speakers exploded in mid air over the northern Sinai back in October 31, 2015 after it departed from Sharm el-Sheikh en route to St. Petersburg. While Egyptian authorities have beefed up security in its major airports, this tragic incident could ruin the still recovering tourism industry of Egypt.