Aviation security remains among the top priority activities of Aeroflot, the major Russian airline, Aeroflot Security Service Director Valery Baranov stated today. Ten aviation security programs have been implemented by Aeroflot recently. In particular, on December 26, 2002 the company introduced a mandatory comprehensive check of all luggage and carry-ons on all Aeroflot flights. In addition, the Aeroflot aviation security staff now accompanies a number of Aeroflot flights in high-risk areas. In May 2001, a special department was established which has 30 trained dogs to check luggage for explosives, the official stressed.
The aircraft to command and control troops in the event of a nuclear war is being built on the basis of the new wide-body Ilyushin Il-96-400M