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Jerusalem - Israeli Airport Gives Rare Glimpse Into Security

Published on: November 2, 2010 05:17 PM
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An unmanned vehicle helps secure the runway at Ben Gurion air port near Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010. Senior Israeli airport official Nahum Liss said Tuesday screening procedures at airports around the world are inadequate, calling Israel's heavily fortified international airport the best protected in the world. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)An unmanned vehicle helps secure the runway at Ben Gurion air port near Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010. Senior Israeli airport official Nahum Liss said Tuesday screening procedures at airports around the world are inadequate, calling Israel's heavily fortified international airport the best protected in the world. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Jerusalem - Airport security around the world isn’t good enough, an Israeli airport official said Tuesday while showing international experts Israel’s near-legendary methods as a possible solution.

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Israel, which prides itself on airport and airplane security, showed off robots and procedures to keep passengers safe. One method has been condemned in other countries — profiling.

Nahum Liss of the Israeli Airports Authority said Israel’s heavily fortified international airport is the most protected in the world, speaking as authorities on three continents were investigating cargo bombs intercepted at airports last week in Britain and Dubai.

A confident Liss told about 50 visiting security experts that security procedures at Ben-Gurion International Airport “are built in order to confront this kind of threat.”

Israel is known for its stringent airport security, the result of a string of Palestinian attacks on Israeli planes in the 1970s.

Before approaching the ticket counter, passengers are thoroughly questioned by “selectors” who look for travelers who match a suspicious profile.

A passengers has his luggage checked by security personnel, inside the Ben Gurion air port terminal near Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010. Senior Israeli airport official Nahum Liss said Tuesday screening procedures at airports around the world are inadequate, calling Israel's heavily fortified international airport the best protected in the world. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)A passengers has his luggage checked by security personnel, inside the Ben Gurion air port terminal near Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010. Senior Israeli airport official Nahum Liss said Tuesday screening procedures at airports around the world are inadequate, calling Israel's heavily fortified international airport the best protected in the world. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

“In the U.S., profiling is a bad word,” Liss said, but he defended the practice, saying it is done by “intelligent, motivated” university students who served in Israel’s military and can identify passengers who could pose a potential risk.

Liss said that heightened screening of passengers and carry-on luggage in international airports has pushed terror organizations to look for other vulnerable areas to attack at airports. He said many of the world’s airports do not properly secure their perimeters.

Passengers have their luggage screened by security personnel, inside the Ben Gurion air port terminal near Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010. Senior Israeli airport official Nahum Liss said Tuesday screening procedures at airports around the world are inadequate, calling Israel's heavily fortified international airport the best protected in the world. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)Passengers have their luggage screened by security personnel, inside the Ben Gurion air port terminal near Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010. Senior Israeli airport official Nahum Liss said Tuesday screening procedures at airports around the world are inadequate, calling Israel's heavily fortified international airport the best protected in the world. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

“We need to protect our back door as well,” said Liss, offering a look at an advanced technique the Israelis are working on.

The visitors, including experts from the U.S. and Europe, watched as security officers staged a live simulation, stopping three armed “terrorists” who broke through a rear gate.

Then they observed an unmanned vehicle patrolling the airport perimeter by remote control — a technology soon to be introduced at the Israeli airport.

Routine security procedures start far away from the terminal.

Before even entering the airport, all cars are stopped for a security check by armed guards. Cameras scan license plates to match them with a database of suspicious vehicles. Security officials said it’s one of the many security filters passengers pass before boarding flights, some of them unknown to the passengers and many others still kept secret.

The Israeli airport’s spokesman’s unit said the main terminal is equipped with 700 closed-circuit cameras and is fortified against explosions. The large glass wall at the front and even the trash cans inside are bombproof, they said.

Passengers have their hand luggage screened by security personnel, inside the Ben Gurion air port terminal near Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010. Senior Israeli airport official Nahum Liss said Tuesday screening procedures at airports around the world are inadequate, calling Israel's heavily fortified international airport the best protected in the world. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)Passengers have their hand luggage screened by security personnel, inside the Ben Gurion air port terminal near Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010. Senior Israeli airport official Nahum Liss said Tuesday screening procedures at airports around the world are inadequate, calling Israel's heavily fortified international airport the best protected in the world. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

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 Nov 02, 2010 at 06:55 PM FinVeeNemtMenSeichel Says:

He left out the love and protection of the Holy One Blessed Be He. I mention it for him. May He always protect His beloved nation.

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 Nov 02, 2010 at 07:10 PM cholent Says:

Let's daven that they should continue to have siyata dishmaya and especially bizchus all of the Torah learning that the kollel yungerleit will be doing now.

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 Nov 02, 2010 at 07:13 PM Anonymous Says:

There is no protection in the baggage area, parking areas, or passenger waiting areas at U.S. airports. The only screening is for passengers boarding flights. Unfortunately, the same is true for shopping malls. One enters a shopping mall at their own risk, since armed guards are virtually unknown; mall owners don't wish to pay for this extra level of security.

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 Nov 02, 2010 at 07:43 PM toolee Says:

Again it's the best protected because Hashem watches.

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 Nov 02, 2010 at 09:54 PM transplantfailed Says:

It's so well protected that when my jewellry vanished they couldn't help - because they had taken it at the final security check!! They checked my bags then had me go round the side for a pat down (this was done for everyone in those days) they then took my stuff, It was the only time it was out of my sight. I hate El Al and their security...

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 Nov 03, 2010 at 06:41 AM GB_Jew Says:

Reply to #5  
transplantfailed Says:

It's so well protected that when my jewellry vanished they couldn't help - because they had taken it at the final security check!! They checked my bags then had me go round the side for a pat down (this was done for everyone in those days) they then took my stuff, It was the only time it was out of my sight. I hate El Al and their security...

And did you file a complaint with the Israel National Police at the time, transplantfailed #5? Did you speak to El Al local management before you did anything else?

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 Nov 03, 2010 at 08:52 AM Anonymous Says:

Regarding the report of theft of jewelry, this is unfortunately a problem at airports in the USA, also; there have been reports of the TSA helping themselves to valuables, when passengers have been distracted.

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 Nov 03, 2010 at 10:54 PM lawrenceyid Says:

Reply to #1  
FinVeeNemtMenSeichel Says:

He left out the love and protection of the Holy One Blessed Be He. I mention it for him. May He always protect His beloved nation.

Of course we have siata dishmaya, but in the real world, you must do your hishtadlus to the best of your ability.

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