When an EgyptAir disappeared over the Mediterranean on Thursday, it left 66 individuals missing, upended the lives of countless families and mobilized a desperate, international search. And for airports around the world, it ratcheted up tension at a time when they were already under intense criticism about their security practices.
As officials search for wreckage north of Egypt, key airports like Los Angeles International have reportedly boosted counterterrorism efforts. Investigators have yet to establish a conclusive cause of Flight MS804's crash, but other airports are likely to respond by increasing security scrutiny — which could prove challenging at a time that they're also trying to make screening more efficient, experts said.
"It's a natural response to increase security in the short term. It's about moving fast enough to get through quickly but not fast enough that they miss things," said Jeffrey Price, an aviation security expert and professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver.