As the investigation into the cause of Metrojet flight 9268s crash continues, the Department of Homeland Security announced that they will be working with foreign aviation security agencies to begin implementing enhanced security measures on all flights from the Middle East in an abundance of caution.
DHS Secretary Jeh C. Johnson released a statement on the matter explaining that while investigators has yet to come to a conclusion on the cause of the crash, the enhance protocols with include both seen and unseen security measures.
While the facts and circumstances surrounding the tragic October 31 crash of Metrojet Flight 9268 on the Sinai Peninsula are still under investigation, Transportation Security Administrator (TSA) 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, Johnson stated.
Johnson said the enhancements, also adopted by European aviation authorities, 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.
A DHS official, who asked not to be identified because hes not authorized to expand on the secretarys statement, said the new measures would be phased in as quickly as possible.
This is all within TSAs capabilities, within their power, within their authorities and resources, the official said. If we say From now on a certain item poses a threat, no ones allowed to bring that item aboard a plane. We can request that and if [other countries] refuse to [ban that item], we can refuse planes coming from that airport or from that country.
He would not specify any category of items or cargo that might be banned from airplanes under the new order.