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Gaps in Egypt airport security face scrutiny

Preliminary evidence from recent Russian charter jet crash points to bombing possibility

Officials from several European countries have raised concerns about Sharm el-Sheikh (above) and other Egyptian airports over the years, diplomats and other officials said last week.

Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt

THE airport is surrounded by a wall topped with barbed wire. Armed sentries are stationed at its entrance, and passengers pass through two security screenings before reaching departure gates; before a recent flight, there were no fewer than eight uniformed guards