Tag Archive for Ben Gurion International Airport

High Court of Israel rules on racial profiling at Ben Gurion International Airport

After many years before Israel’s High Court of Justice, the current civil rights case was dismissed, but allows future petitions if necessary.


The High Court of Justice on Wednesday carved out a middle ground in one of the most important recent cases to be decided on the issue of racial profiling, with the particular case relating to security at Ben-Gurion Airport.

Entry into security check at Israel’s Ben Gurion Int’l Airport – Photo: REUTERS

On one hand the court dismissed the petition which had an ultimate goal of complete elimination of racial profiling and partially accepted the state’s argument that it could not completely change without heavily burdening all travelers, a change which would have been disproportionate. Continue Reading »

CIA Manual Earmarked Israel’s Ben Gurion Int’l Airport as Dificult for Spies to Traverse

WikiLeaks releases CIA manual that describes Israel’s Ben-Gurion Int’l Airport as one of the most difficult airports for CIA agents to pass through.

By Yoni Hirsch, Ilan Gattegno & Israel Hayom Staff


A secret Central Intelligence Agency document released by WikiLeaks on Sunday, which included a manual seeking to guide its agents on how to avert suspicion while going through airport security, described Israel’s Ben-Gurion International Airport as one of the toughest airports for its agents to navigate.
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KLM Changes Flight Service to Israel Over ‘Security Concerns’

Dutch airline to begin a 40-minute stop-over in Cyprus before entering Israeli airspace as  a move for making ‘security’ appraisal.

By Ari Yashar


The Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM) reportedly announced that starting Thursday night, all flights from Amsterdam to Ben Gurion International Airport will include a stopover in Cyprus. According to reports, the move comes due to “security concerns.”

KLM - Wikipedia

KLM – Wikipedia

According to Yediot Aharonot, the change will have flights from the Netherlands stop-over in Cyprus for 40 minutes and then continue on to Israel.

The report cites KLM as saying that “due to logistical constraints the flights leaving from the afternoon from Amsterdam to Israel will have short stop-overs in Larnaca, and from there continue to Israel.” Continue Reading »

Hamas Threatens to Bomb Ben-Gurion Airport, Warns the Airlines to Stay Away

Terror group tells int’l airlines to cease their flights from 6:00 am Thursday.

Will another flight ban follow?

By AFP and Arutz Sheva Staff


Hamas’s “military wing” warned foreign airlines on Wednesday against flying into Tel Aviv, threatening to step up its six-week conflict with Israel after firing more than 100 rockets on Israeli civilians and pulling out of peace talks.

“We are warning international airlines and press them to stop flying into Ben Gurion airport from 6 am (0300 GMT) Thursday,” Al Qassam
Brigades spokesman Abu Obeida stated Wednesday, in a televised speech.

The move marks yet another Hamas ‘scare attempt’ aimed at harming Israel’s economy and security reputation, after a rocket hit near Ben-Gurion airport last month scared international airlines into canceling flights for several days. Continue Reading »

Turkey’s National Airlines Resumes its Flights to Israel


Following Israel-Hamas 12-hr ceasefire, Turkey’s flag carrier will reportedly resume flights to Israel.

But Germany’s pilots’ union criticized decision to resume flights to Israel.

By Itay Blumenthal


Turkish Airlines has announced it will resume flights to Israel following in wake of a 12-hour ceasefire reached between Hamas and Israel, Turkey’s Anadolu news agency reported. Meanwhile, Germany’s pilot union lamented the decision to resume flights to Israel.

Turkish Aircraft in BG airport in Tel Aviv

Turkish Aircraft in BG airport in Tel Aviv after ban – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP

Two Turkish Airlines flights reportedly took off on Saturday hours after Turkey’s aviation authority SHGM lifted ban on flights to Ben Gurion Airport, the reported quoted the company as saying said. Continue Reading »

Mayor of Jerusalem: Change code to Israel’s airport from TLV to JLM


Mayor of Israel’s capital revives idea of changing code of Ben-Gurion International Airport in order to boost tourism to Jerusalem.


Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat Tuesday called on the Knesset to change the code letters of Israel’s Ben-Gurion airport from TLV to JLM, Israel National News reported.

Nir Barkat

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat – Photo: Emil Salman

Speaking at the Knesset Economic Affairs Committee, Barkat said, “Branding the airport with the letters symbolizing the capital of Israel will put Jerusalem at the center and accelerate tourism to the capital.”

The mayor was outlining general development projects in Jerusalem, according to the report.

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400,000 Israelis flying abroad for Passover


Top destinations for Israeli travelers are the U.S., England, France, Italy, Russia & Germany with 20,000 Israelis expected to fly to Turkey, despite security travel warning.

Increase in travel attributed to low cost airline tickets entering the Israeli market.

By Ilan Gategno


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Israel Airport to undergo sensitivity course on ‘humiliating’ security procedures


Knesset ruling follows public outcry after improper treatment of an Arab Israeli teacher, who underwent a strip-search.

By i24NEWS


The Knesset Public Petitions Committee decided on Monday that Israeli Airport Authority officials will meet with people who have been forced into invasive security checks. The meetings, which will involve Arab MKs will be part of an attempt to enlighten airport officials on the often humiliating security searches that Arabs have to go through.

AN EL AL plane at Ben Gurion International Airport ( Wikimedia Commons )

AN EL AL plane at Ben Gurion International Airport – Photo Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

Haaretz newspaper reported that the decision follows last month’s public outcry over the treatment of Ezias Elias Shehadeh, and Arab Israeli teacher who was strip-searched while flying with her Jewish students. Continue Reading »

El Al’s launches its low-cost carrier UP in late March

UP airlines will operate 36 discount flights to 5 European cities starting this spring. Just remember to bring your own lunch.



Cheap flights to Berlin, Budapest and three other European cities will be available 36 times a week when El Al Airlines’ new low-cost carrier takes to the air for the first time March 30, El Al announced Monday.

El Al CEO Eliezer Shkedi

El Al CEO Eliezer Shkedi at the launch of UP, the airline’s new, low-cost brand. – Photo: Ofer Vaknin

The number of flights offered by the discount brand, called UP, will jump to 52 a week in July and August. Continue Reading »

In Pictures: 38 Members of ‘Lost Tribe’ From India Make Aliyah

Amid the tears & celebrations, the ‘historic’ flight of Bnei Menashe finally landed in Ben Gurion yesterday & are now at home.

By Arutz Sheva Staff



Tears flowed freely as a group of 38 Bnei Menashe, descendants of a Lost Tribe of Israel, were greeted by relatives at Ben Gurion Airport after making Aliyah yesterday from India.

Tearful reunions as Bnei Menashe olim arrive at Ben Gurion airport – Shavei Israel

The immigrants, who hail from the northeastern Indian state of Mizoram, were brought to Israel by the organization, which recently received permission from the Israeli government to bring 900 Bnei Menashe to the Jewish state over the next 15 months. Continue Reading »

More pets flying with Israeli owners more frequently than ever before


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Ben Gurion Airport to shut Terminal 3 on Friday for security system check

Passengers will be directed to Terminal 1 as new screening system, intended to replace invasive questioning, will be checked in final evaluation.



Ben-Gurion International Airport will close its main terminal for the day on Friday to test its new luggage screening system, aimed at improving the airport’s method of conducting personal security checks.

Terminal 3 at Ben Gurion Airport

Terminal 3 at Ben-Gurion International Airport. – Photo: Alon Ron

During the closure, passengers will check in at Terminal 1, the old main terminal. They will then be transported straight to Terminal 3’s duty-free shopping center and will board their flights from the gates at Terminal 3. Continue Reading »

Passengers Threatened by Arab on board British Airways Flight to Israel

Plane landed at secured area at Ben Gurion Airport where security men exited with handcuffed man, who was unarmed.

By Gil Ronen


An Arab man, aged 21, behaved wildly and threatened to harm passengers on a British Airways flight from London to Tel Aviv Saturday, reported Israel Hayom.

The plane was about 30 miles away from Ben Gurion Airport when its pilots radioed in the report about the incident. At about 6:00 a.m., the plane landed and was diverted to a separate parking spot, far from the terminal.

A team of security guards boarded the plane, subdued the passenger and made sure he was not carrying any weapons. Continue Reading »

Video: Drama at Israel’s Int’l Airport as Shots Fired at Palestinians


Airport security cameras caught the dramatic events at main entrance to Ben Gurion Int’l Airport Monday night.

Security specialist reports that more aggressive response was needed

By Itay Blumenthal

Ben-Gurion Airport claimed this morning that airport security’s handling of Monday’s incident in which a stolen truck driven by two Palestinians breached the security barrier, was effective, but security specialists are raising difficult questions about the version of the affairs presented at the airport Tuesday. “Why did security not stop the struck right away? How did the truck reach so close to terminal 3? Would firing towards the wheels stop a potential terrorist from pulling the trigger?” Continue Reading »

Abbas’ PA Pirate Radio Stations’ Signals Interfere at Israel’s Ben Gurion Int’l Airport

Palestinian Authority’s pirate radio stations are unregulated and dangerously interfering with Ben Gurion Int’l Airport’s air tower communication network.

By Chana Ya’ar



Signals from Palestinian Authority pirate radio stations are interfering with the air tower communication network at Ben Gurion International Airport.

Officials from the Israel Airports Authority turned to the Ministry of Communications on Sunday, asking that the source of the interference be tracked down.

All radio transmissions are regulated by law; unauthorized signals are subject to termination, and their operators can be charged with in connection with the broadcast.

Pirate broadcast signals also interfere with reception of Israeli radio stations throughout Judea and Samaria (Yehuda and Shomron), as well as broadcast signals in the northern Negev region. Continue Reading »