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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Despite Terrorist Plot, Russia Said to Be Safe

APA Russian finishing off his champagne at the airport in San Francisco.
Transportation officials are eschewing the aggressive tactics adopted by Britain and the United States in the wake of last week's foiled terrorist plot, insisting no additional security measures are needed.

The plot, which is believed to have entailed blowing up planes headed from London to New York, Washington and other U.S. cities, prompted Britain to ban all carry-on luggage and the United States to target liquids and gels, which could be used for explosives.

"We are recommending that the government boost oversight of those security measures that are already in place," Vladimir Chertok, deputy director of the Federal Transportation Service, said Monday.

Chertok called existing measures adequate. The police have been in charge of security at Russian airports since the bombings of two airplanes in August 2004.

The terrorist attacks took place on Volga-AviaExpress and Sibir Airlines flights leaving Moscow's Domodedovo International Airport late in the evening of Aug. 24.

The Volga-AviaExpress flight was carrying 34 passengers and nine crew members; the Sibir Airlines flight had 38 passengers and eight crew members. Everyone on both flights was killed.

Following those attacks, an additional 400 police officers were deployed in Moscow-area airports, Viktor Khrapov of the city transport police said at the news conference. Air marshals are available if need be, Khrapov added.

But authorities are stepping up security for U.S.-bound flights. On Monday, Aeroflot began banning all liquids and gels on flights headed for the United States, excluding baby food and medicines, Sheremetyevo airport spokeswoman Anna Zakharenko was quoted as saying. The same policy has been adopted by Delta Airlines.

In a sign of the unintended consequences of the ban, at least one Russian passenger was spotted finishing off his champagne at San Francisco International Airport before boarding a flight for Russia.