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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Flights Resume At Sheremetyevo

Flights from Russia to the United States resumed Sunday amid increased security checks for the first time since Tuesday's terror hijacks.

An official at flight enquiries in Sheremetyevo Airport said Aeroflot Flight 315 had safely taken off for New York earlier Sunday and a Delta Air Lines flight had departed for New York. Most tickets for the flights had been bought before the attacks.

Local television said security controls at the airport had been stepped up for the flights and police were shown carrying out random document checks at the airport.

Television showed long lines at the airport as all luggage was hand searched for the U.S. flights and people were being asked to declare any metal objects that could be used as possible weapons, down to those as small as nail clippers.

The flight enquiries official said four Aeroflot flights were scheduled to fly to various destinations in the United States on Monday, as well as one to Canada.