Egypt mulling hiring private firm to assess airport security
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CAIRO: The Egyptian government is considering hiring private security firms to evaluate and assess airport security measures nationwide, Tourism Ministry spokesperson Rasha al Azayzy stated Monday.

“Prime Minister Sherif Ismail has recently met with representatives of the world’s most important firms in the field of security and risk assessment to consider the proposals relating to the development of security procedures at Egyptian airports,” according to the statement.

The winning firm will be tasked with revising airports’ safety and security procedures and verifying compliance with international standards, as well as presenting recommendations to the government and cooperating with the concerned bodies to support their implementation, according to Azayzy.

“The selected firm will be announced late December after evaluating all the offers submitted,” she added.

The crash of a Russian plane late October, which British officials suspect was caused by an onboard explosive, has heightened airport security concerns globally.

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