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Israel Gives Security Lessons to Airport Security Execs

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

Israel may be a pariah on the world stage when it comes to votes in the United Nations, but “secretly” it is apparently a great leader when it comes to keeping a country’s population safe. Security personnel have been streaming into Israel for years already to learn the ABC’s of keeping their countries safe, starting, of course, with the gateways to their nations — the airport.

Now, in light of the recent crash of EgyptAir flight MS804 and worldwide terror attacks, it’s no surprise to find airport executives from 40 nations are set to arrive in Israel next month.

The international airport representatives will arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport – one of the world’s safest – where they will learn first-hand about creative security procedures.

Since 1972, there has not been a single hijacking incident from Israel. But unless you’re very, very watchful, you would not notice the numerous security layers through which every individual passes at the airport. As such, security at BGI doesn’t disrupt the flow of traffic, nor does it do much to bother the traveler passing through the terminal.

The BGI Airport Security Operations Center, for example, is the heartbeat of the airport, monitoring every flight and checking the background of every passenger and flight crew member who is to pass through Israeli air space. Red-flagged individuals merit special attention and there are at least ten of those per day, according to a report by The Tower, quoting CNN.

But you’d never know it – in fact, one cannot even find it.

Earlier this year Israel also issued an additional security directive to airlines that fly to the Jewish State in order to address other potential threats such as the terrorists who recently were responsible for bringing down a Russian airliner last year in the Sinai Peninsula.

Those include insiders working at airports and resorts with access to passengers’ luggage.

Or, for that matter, airline personnel and cabin crew themselves, such as the depressed Germanwings co-pilot who became suicidal while flying a passenger plane. He took an entire aircraft filled with passengers along with him into death in March 2015.

Israeli security methods work partly because the system is flexible and responsive to dynamic situations, according to aviation security expert Shalom Dolev, who spoke with CNN.

By the time a passenger has reached an airline check-in counter, that individual has probably already passed up to five security checks, usually noticing only three: the initial entry point at the gate, the security check to allow the passenger in to the line for check-in, and the security officer who asks the “annoying questions that make no sense” before one reaches the check-in counter.

When those 40 airport executives leave Israel, they too will understand those “annoying questions” a little better — and perhaps begin to implement similar strategies in their own nations.

Hana Levi Julian

Monarch Airlines to Start Flying Tel Aviv to Manchester, England

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

British carrier Monarch Airlines is launching a new route from Tel Aviv to Manchester three times a week, starting next April.

The airline has already begun to book seats for the flights, which will take place on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Earlier this month, Monarch began flying three times a week flying to Ben Gurion International Airport from Luton Airport, near London.

The airline also flies once a week each Thursday from Ovda Airport near Eilat to Luton Airport as well.

Hana Levi Julian

El Al Airline Makes Emergency Landing in Montana

Monday, November 16th, 2015

An El Al flight en route to Los Angeles from Tel Aviv made an emergency landing in Montana on Sunday when a warning light was seen in the cockpit.

Israel’s national carrier landed safely before 6 am at the airport in Billings with some 280 passengers and crew aboard the Boeing 777.

The aircraft hit turbulence shortly after the cockpit crew reported seeing the warning light, according to passengers who were quoted by the Associated Press.

The light indicated a fire in one engine; however, Montana’s local newspaper The Billings Gazette reported there was no visible fire when the plane landed.

A flight attendant announced to passengers the pilots had seen the warning light and the plane would land in Billings.

Hana Levi Julian

Weekend Bomb Threats Tail Flights to Northeastern US

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

While Jews in the Diaspora were in synagogues celebrating the second day of the Shavuot holiday (known in English as the “Festival of Weeks”) others who were heading for Boston, New York and Newark, New Jersey found they were facing more excitement than they might have bargained for.

A rash of bomb threats tailed at least six passenger planes into northeastern U.S. airports over the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

Three of the threats targeted planes heading for JFK Airport in New York City, including Air France Flight 22 from Paris, escorted by two Air Force jets scrambled “just to make sure.”

The FBI, called to the scene, later said “no incidents or hazards reported on board the flight by either the passengers or its crew,” ABC News reported.

The decision to send an Air Force escort followed an anonymous call received by Maryland State Police McHenry Barrack in Garret County, warning of a “chemical weapons threat” aboard the aircraft.

A Saudi Airlines flight from Saudi Arabia was also escorted and later cleared.

The third threat, to an American Airlines flight from Birmingham, England, was quickly determined to be not credible and the aircraft cleared to go straight to the terminal.

Two of the threatened planes were heading for Newark Airport in New Jersey. The two flights involved a Delta Airlines flight from London and a United Airlines flight from Madrid. Neither required an escort and both threats proved not credible.

Likewise, a third threat proved not credible for a Delta flight heading from Paris to Logan Airport in Boston, officials told reporters.

Hana Levi Julian

Al Qaeda Urges ‘Lone Wolves’ via Magazine to Attack US Airliners

Thursday, December 25th, 2014

Al Qaeda is recruiting wannabe terrorists via its online magazine to carry out lone wolf bombings on U.S. commercial airlines.

The New York-based Anti-Defamation League sounded the alarm about the terror group’s intentions on Wednesday, adding that financial figures and prominent economic personalities were also being targeted.

The 13th issue of “Inspire” was released by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) on Dec. 24, the day before Christmas — one of the busiest travel days in the year.

The magazine contains an article with explicit instructions for easily building a portable bomb inside a 17cm plastic water bottle case. Entitled “The Hidden Bomb,” it was posted as a central feature of the English-language magazine.

The entire issue, in fact, is focused on Al Qaeda’s strategy for defeating the United States by attacking American military technology, manpower, media and economy.

The magazine suggests the easy-to-build homemade bombs be used against U.S. commercial airliners – specifically American Airlines, Delta, United or Continental — ideally over U.S. soil. Included are instructions about the best location on the plane for planting the explosive and the altitude at which to detonate the device. Failing the opportunity to attack a U.S. airline, the magazine suggests aiming at British Airways, Easy Jet, Air France or Air France KL.

The advantages of this bomb as described in the article is that it is allegedly undetectable by dogs, odor-detecting machines or metal detectors. It is, however, detectable by millimeter wave scanners – a small issue the terrorist group says may not be such a problem because “in most cases they are not used in local airports.”

The magazine also praises individuals who have carried out terror attacks for the cause of radical Islam, such as Man Haron Monis in Sydney, Australia, who last week held 15 people hostage for hours at the Lindt Chocolate Cafe. Two people died in the attack after police commandos finally stormed the site.

“The Lions of Allah who are all over the globe – some call them lone wolves – should know that they are the West’s worst nightmare.”

The magazine has played a role in the radicalization of multiple domestic extremists, the ADL pointed out, including the Tsarnaev brothers who were responsible for the Boston Marathon bombing.

Following notification by the ADL, YouTube removed the video promoting the Inspire 13 magazine from its site.

Hana Levi Julian

Emergency Stop for US Airways from Israel to Philadelphia

Sunday, December 7th, 2014

A US Airways flight from Tel Avi to Philadelphia was forced to make an emergency stop in Rome on Saturday due to a mysterious odor in the plane.

Two passengers and all 14 crew members – including four pilots — reportedly began vomiting and suffered from red eyes.

It is not yet clear what caused the crew members and passengers aboard US Airways Flight US 797 to become ill.

Three flight attendants were taken by ambulance to an on-site clinic at Fliumicino Airport, said airline spokesperson Martha Thomas.

Other affected crew and passengers were treated at the clinic for nausea and irritated eyes as well.

fficials said a malfunction in the ventilation system of the Airbus A330 which carried 129 passengers may have been the cause of the problem.

An investigation has been launched, the spokesperson said.

Hana Levi Julian

BDS ‘Victory’ with Delta Airlines Proven False

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

A “victory” claimed by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS)-aligned blog Electronic Intifada , stating that Delta Airlines would stop serving a snack produced in Israel’s Samaria region due to a complaint by the “Coalition of Women for Peace,” has been proven false.

Although the blog’s editor, Ali Abunima, claimed that Delta Airlines lawyers “ruled that Israeli settlement-made snacks should not be served,” Israeli activist Avi Mayer got a letter from the airline saying that the snack in question, a vanilla halva bar, was only removed due to “normal” menu changes, Israel National News reported.

Furthermore, Delta said it “makes a practice of sourcing local goods for catering in most international markets we serve.”

Mayer said that when rocker Lenny Kravitz canceled a trip to Israel last year, BDS activists hailed it as a victory even though Kravitz “has said clearly that he was canceling for totally unrelated reasons.”

“The BDS Movement’s tactics are clear: bully, threaten, and—if all else fails—just plain lie. The hallmarks of a failed movement,” Mayer said.

JNS News Service

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/bds-victory-with-delta-airlines-proven-false/2013/08/07/

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