The Latest: Russians sigh as Egyptian vacations put on hold

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SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — The latest on the crash of a Russian plane in Egypt that killed all 224 people onboard. (All times local.)

9:50 p.m.

President Vladimir Putin has canceled all Russian flights to Egypt until aviation security is improved there, but some Russians apparently did not hear the news.

Travelers intending to go to Egypt on vacation showed up Saturday morning at Pulkovo Airport in St. Petersburg, unaware that their flights had been cancelled. Some were disappointed, but appeared to be trying to take the news in stride.

Tourist Vyacheslav Kuznetsov said "if there is a reason to cancel, then it's better not to fly."

A Metrojet Airbus A321-200 crashed 23 minutes after takeoff from the Sharm el-Sheikh airport in Egypt on Oct. 31, killing all 224 people on board, mostly Russian tourists. U.S. and British officials think the plane may have been blown up by a bomb.