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U.S. Insists Russian Flights Be Checked

Two airlines that fly from Moscow to the United States must check passengers and their carryon bags for bombs, according to a government order Wednesday, one week after suspected terrorists crashed two Russian planes. “The U.S. has determined it’s prudent to take additional security measures to increase the protection of flights between the U.S. and Russia until we have more information to assess the situation,” said Amy von Walter, a spokeswoman for the Transportation Security Administration. The airlines affected are Delta Air Lines and Aeroflot Russian Airlines, which fly to the United States four times a day from Sheremetyevo International Airport, a Homeland Security Department official said. Aeroflot has direct flights from Moscow to New York, Seattle, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Delta offers daily flights between Moscow and New York. The two planes that crashed on Aug. 25 after near-simultaneous explosions, killing all 90 people on board, had left Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport on domestic flights. The planes belonged to the Russian airline Sibir and a small regional airline, Volga-Aviaexpress. Full Story

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