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As militants continue to target planes and airports, should authorities do more profiling and background checks?



With reporting by Ruth Michaelson

DESERTED: The recent hijacking and the explosion of a Metrojet aircraft heading for Russia has scared tourists away from Egypt.

SEIF AL-DIN MUSTAFA’S five-hour takeover of an EgyptAir jet on March 29 could have ended in tragedy. Instead, it ended in farce. The suicide vest with which the 59-year-old Egyptian hijacker had threatened to blow up the plane turned out to be a crude fake. British passenger Ben Innes, a health and safety auditor from Leeds, England, even posed grinning alongside the bomber for the week’s most infamous selfie (although, as the Internet quickly reminded us, the portrait of the two men wasn’t technically a selfie).

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