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May 4, 2016 / 26 Nisan, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘Ben Gurion International Airport’

Israeli Air Force Jets Scramble to Escort EgyptAir Plane

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016

Two Israeli fighter jets were scrambled Saturday morning when an Egyptian passenger plane entered Israeli airspace without identification and did not respond to communication attempts.

The EgyptAir flight originated in Cairo but apparently strayed from the flight plan for an unknown reason. The IAF fighter jets escorted the plane to Ben Gurion International Airport without difficulty and its passengers disembarked.

After a preliminary investigation both the plane and its passengers returned to Cairo.

Last month an Egyptian national hijacked a domestic EgyptAir flight, forcing the pilot to fly to Lanarca International Airport in Cyprus. The hijacker demanded to see his estranged wife, who lived near the airport, and asked for political asylum in the country.

Israel Air Force fighter jets were briefly scrambled during that incident as well.

Hana Levi Julian

El Al Plane Diverts to Athens After Fumes Reported in Galley

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

An El Al passenger plane en route to Tel Aviv from Madrid, Spain diverted from its scheduled route shortly after takeoff Wednesday afternoon.

El Al LY-396 was traveling with 94 people on board when it diverted to Athens after the crew reported fumes originating from a galley.

The Boeing 737-900 aircraft landed safely on the runway at Athens International Airport about 18 minutes later, according to a report on The Aviation Herald website.

The aircraft remained on the ground for about three hours, then continued the journey. It was estimated to reach Tel Aviv with a delay of about four hours.

Hana Levi Julian

Islamic Jihad Terrorist is Alleged ‘SuperHacker’ Into Israeli Aerial Systems

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

An operative with the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terrorist organization has been indicted on a host of charges relating to his ability to hack into military and civilian computer systems.

Known as the “computer administrator” of the PIJ, the suspect was recruited by the terrorist group in 2001 while working as a radio broadcaster. According to a statement released Wednesday by the Shin Bet domestic intelligence agency, the alleged hacker was indicted on charges of “espionage, conspiracy to pass information to an enemy, hacking computer material, and more.”

The suspect also holds the position of chairman in the “Palestinian Talent Society.” He was arrested February 23 while traveling to meet with young candidates from the Palestinian Authority for a television vocalist competition.

He allegedly managed to hack into IDF drones flying over Gaza, according to the charges filed in the indictment. He also allegedly succeeded in accessing the data on unmanned aerial vehicles flown by the IDF over the region. In addition, the hacker allegedly gave the data and footage produced by the cameras on the drones to his handlers.

Moreover, the hacker was allegedly able to access footage from highway cameras inside Israel. Through his ability to access information, the terrorist was able to obtain data on deployment of Israeli security forces and civilian personnel during rocket strikes and wars in Gaza, according to the indictment.

The suspect also allegedly developed an application that compiled data on movement of aircraft at Ben Gurion International Airport. The application is said to have provided data on passenger lists, plane types and weights, and arrival and departures times.

Hana Levi Julian

Israel Okays Incoming Flights from Europe

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

Israel unlocked its temporary ban on incoming flights from Europe at about 12 noon on Tuesday following a massive terror attack at the departure hall of Zaventem Airport in Brussels a few hours earlier.

However, it is not clear whether the incoming flights will be allowed by the local airports to depart, depending on the various security restrictions currently in place. In addition, there may be restrictions on which air space may be used in flights out of Europe due to the security situation.

Israel had issued a temporary ban on all incoming flights from Europe in the wake of a massive explosion shortly after 8 am near the American Airlines desk at the departure hall of Belgium’s Zaventem Airport in Brussels.

The ban had been scheduled for 10:30 am until midnight (Tues. Mar. 22), at least until the security situation was clear.

Outgoing flights from Israel to Europe were not affected by the security measure.

The Israel Aviation Authority (IAA) opened a situation room at Ben Gurion International Airport to manage the ongoing crisis and help keep airline passengers updated.

Passengers were asked to have patience with the extra security measures and to check the schedule board at the airport for updates.

Three flights were set to arrive in Israel today from Brussels. According to the IAA, a total of 24 flights were affected by the ban.

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

En Route to Tel Aviv, No Mention of Israel: Iberia Airlines Says ‘Welcome to Palestine’

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

Iberian Airways infuriated Israeli passengers yesterday on an approach to Ben Gurion International Airport with an announcement welcoming people to “Palestine.”

The Iberian Airways pilot announced upon his approach to the airport Wednesday, in Spanish and then in English, the flight “would be landing shortly in Palestine.” The country “Israel” was never mentioned, according to passengers quoted by Israel’s Channel 2 TV.

According to one passenger interviewed by the news program, the omission was intentional. “He didn’t absentmindedly say it in English – it was intentional, and even more so in this tense time,” he said, noting there was no mention of the State of Israel throughout the flight.

It was “unacceptable, we all noticed it,” another passenger told the news program. A complaint has been filed with Iberia.

Hana Levi Julian

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.

Hana Levi Julian

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