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What the Russian jet plane explosion means for the future of travel

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A general view shows planes sitting on the tarmac at the airport in Egypt's Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh on November 5, 2015. MOHAMED EL-SHAHED/AFP/Getty Images

An explosion can be heard on the black box recording from the Russian passenger jet that crashed in the Sinai desert Monday, analysts say.

While the U.S. has not confirmed the explosion, the crash left 224 dead and countless travelers stranded in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.

With speculation that a bomb planted by IS was responsible for the crash, inspectors in the Egyptian resort city are likely to look into how security may have been compromised and what can be done to prevent future breaches. British vacation packages may be on hold until next July which could mean a major blow to Egypt’s economy.

What does the crash of Airbus A321-200 mean for the rest of the world’s security measures? How will travel be affected, especially now that the holiday season is upon us?


Brian Michael Jenkins, Senior Advisor to the President of the RAND Corporation, one of the nation's leading experts on terrorism and homeland security

Brett Snyder, airline industry expert and author/founder of "The Cranky Flier blog" and "The Cranky Concierge" air travel assistance service. He’s held many jobs in the airline industry, including in operations, sales, pricing, and planning

Michael L. Barr, senior instructor at USC Aviation Safety Programs

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