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November 29, 2015 / 17 Kislev, 5776
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El Al Delays Flight to Rule Out Terror at Amsterdam Airport

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

An El Al flight departing Amsterdam en route to Tel Aviv did not leave as scheduled Thursday morning when officials suddenly spotted a suspicious vehicle on the tarmac.

The vehicle, with Belgian license plates, was seen in the area of the runway for take-off.

Several other flights that were scheduled for departure at the same time were also delayed as well, as Dutch officials scoured the airport.

Special ops police hunted through the area with ground forces and from the skies in a helicopter for at least an hour before calling off the search.

The airport was declared safe and all operations were returned to normal.

Israeli Volunteer Organization Solves Mystery of Cadaver in Cardboard Box

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

(JNi.media) This was not a pre-Halloween hoax: the family members of an elderly woman who passed away shipped her body to Israel without attaching any relevant documents, baffling Israeli authorities, until ZAKA, an association of voluntary community emergency response teams in Israel, discovered she was an 80-year-old Russian who wanted to be buried in Israel.

The cargo crew at Ben Gurion International Airport, working the graveyard shift early Wednesday, discovered the body of an unidentified woman packed in a cardboard box when unloading a plane that arrived in Israel from Russia. Foreign Ministry officials summoned ZAKA volunteers to the airport, to help locate the deceased’s family.

ZAKA Chairman Yehuda Meshi-Zahav said in a statement: “I got a call at night from the Department of Israelis in the Foreign Ministry, regarding packaged cargo on a plane that arrived from Moscow—with a woman’s body inside and without any accompanying document attesting to the identity of the deceased or the sender, as well as the necessary certifications.”

After hours of intense activity by ZAKA, assisted by the commander of ZAKA in Russia, Shaye Deitch, it turned out that the deceased was the late Esther Zizova, who passed away at the age of 80 11 days earlier. Further investigation revealed that the deceased had asked in her will to be buried in Israel, but her family was not familiar with the process of transferring a body, and so they packed her up and sent her via regular package shipping.

With the assistance of the Foreign Ministry, the required documents obtained after the fact, and the deceased will be taken for burial at the cemetery in Ashdod.

Border Control Breakdown at Ben Gurion Airport

Monday, August 17th, 2015

Some 1,300 Israelis passed through border control at Ben Gurion International Airport this week without having their passports checked.

The Interior Ministry’s computer system broke down over the weekend, according to a report posted on the Hebrew-language Ynet site, leading to several hours of chaos in which passports of returning Israelis simply were no checked.

The system may have been overworked by the all-time record number of passengers who entered the country last Thursday.

By Friday, airport staff was reduced to manual processing, leading to long lines at passport control. Returning Israelis were warned to call the Interior Ministry on Sunday morning.

Computer technicians worked frantically, but it took more than three hours before they managed to fix the bug.

On Sunday, phone calls to the ministry were answered with “you need to come down to the office to report your return in person.”

“Passengers who are Israeli citizens and who entered on Friday without their entry being logged, will have to do so independently. That said, we are considering solutions to ease the process for the passengers and make it more efficient,” the Ministry of Immigration, Population and Border Crossings said in a statement.

Meanwhile, however, those Israelis who don’t comply will not be registered in the system – meaning they will not be covered by Bituach Leumi (National Insurance) in the case of any need, since their return to the country will not be officially recognized.

Ben Gurion Airport Hits Peak in Passenger Traffic

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

Approximately 70,000 passengers on 430 flights will have passed through Ben Gurion Airport by the end of Thursday, making it the busiest day of the year so far.

Tourism is up by approximately 7 percent, and 1.7 million passengers are expected to arrive and depart at the airport next month.

Israel suffered a sharp decline in tourism last August and September during Operation Protective Edge and now is rebounding.

Turkey, which Israel sunned two years ago after worsening relations, is back in favor and follows Greece as the favorite destination. Next in line are Italy and the year.
Slightly more than a quarter of passengers fly El Al.

Flights Delayed Due to Strike at Ben Gurion Airport

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

Timing is everything.

Just as the summer tourism season heads into high gear — and an impending Taglit Birthright tour is soon to arrive — baggage handlers began to strike Wednesday morning at Ben Gurion International Airport.

More than 10 flights were delayed as Israel Airport Authority as workers refused to load and unload aircraft at the airport.

The job action affected flights on El Al, Air Europa and Turkish Airlines.

The IAA employees’ union declared the strike earlier this week in response to what they said was a staffing shortage – not labor sanctions.

“Unfortunately, the management did not prepare in advance to take on more manpower before the rise in passenger numbers in the summer months,” said a statement from the IAA workers’ committee.

“We call on the management to solve the manpower shortage problem immediately and prevent passengers being harmed.”

Night shift workers apparently completed their quota of aircraft and refused to continue loading and unloading baggage, according to the Globes business news service.

“About ten aircraft are waiting to be dealt with,” the IAA said. “The management, which is aware of the inconvenience to the traveling public, is doing all it can to restore labor relations to normal.”

Italy’s Busiest Airport Facing Summer Slowdown

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Traveling to Europe this summer, and passing through Italy? Expect possible delays…

The busiest airport in Italy is about to slow down, just in time for the summer season.

Rome’s Fiumicino Airport — also known as Leonardo da Vinci airport — plans to cut operations by 40 percent starting this Saturday. El Al Airlines flies daily to and from Rome, so Israelis are likely to be affected by this situation as well as everyone else around the world.

The move comes in the wake of a fire that damaged the airport, the sixth largest hub for air traffic in Europe.

The airport has only been able to operate at 80 percent capacity since the fire, which closed part of the airport and which has been under investigation since May 7. Capacity will be cut at the airport to 60 percent, starting with a gradual shutdown of arrivals at Terminal 3 beginning at midnight this Friday.

It is not yet clear how long the slowdown is expected to last.

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.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/weekend-bomb-threats-tail-flights-to-northeastern-us/2015/05/26/

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