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Jerusalem - Israel Offers Assistance To U.S. In Aviation Security

Published on: January 6, 2010 09:14 AM
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Deputy Secretary Jane Holl Lute with U.S. Coast Guard [FILE]Deputy Secretary Jane Holl Lute with U.S. Coast Guard [FILE]

Jerusalem - Two weeks after attempted Christmas Day terror attack on Detroit-bound plane, Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz met with US Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Jane Holl Lute on Wednesday and told her that Israel can assist the United States in dealing with terror threats on civil aviation.
The Transportation Ministry reported that the deputy secretary requested information on aviation security and the meticulous security measures taken in Israeli airports.

Minister Katz assured her he would make available to the US all the information and experience Israel has accumulated in the matter.
Following the meeting, the minister instructed security elements in his office to boost cooperation with the American Transportation Security Administration, and to coordinate the transfer of operational intelligence in real time.
He also ordered professional work groups and joint projects towards the development of advanced technological systems be launched.
Katz expressed hope that the US will find a way to lead the struggle against global terror, as it has done in the past in many different issues.
“It is sad that the situation in the world today has come to resemble what we know and have been dealing with for years,” the minister said, adding that “Israel would love to assist and cooperate with the US – the leader of the free world.”
During the meeting, Lute highlighted the productive cooperation her country has had with the Transportation Ministry’s security department over the years.
After the meeting, Lute visited Ben Gurion International Airport, where she examined the security system, including the new biometric system, Unipass, which allows passengers to go through all the stages of air travel, from the security check to boarding, on their own.
The system was first launched in Israel on Tuesday, as part of an Israel Airports Authority pilot.

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 Jan 06, 2010 at 09:37 AM Anonymous Says:

Profile Profile Profile. .


 Jan 06, 2010 at 09:59 AM mythoughts Says:

They're going to spend all this time and money to study the Israeli system but will never implement the core component which is profiling (religious, ethnic, behavioral). Our politicians, with few exceptions, lack the guts to do what’s right.


 Jan 06, 2010 at 10:02 AM anonymous Says:

You are 100% right and not politically correct profile


 Jan 06, 2010 at 10:21 AM Anonymous Says:

when i left israel in summer with my son elal employee waved me thru to ck in my bags without sending them thru xray. thats to what degree they profile. dont trust our hispanic employees here in us to have that judgement yes profile! but we need those full body scanners!


 Jan 06, 2010 at 10:39 AM Anonymous Says:

i hope the us takes israel up on their offer.
us security has become a huge embarassment.
the country that was once the most admired is now a laughing stock.


 Jan 06, 2010 at 01:02 PM Not necessarily good for us Says:

If they fail they will blame all jews, or turn it into a conspiracy theory.


 Jan 06, 2010 at 01:23 PM Anonymous Says:

What are the potential problems, if any, with the new biometric scanners; do they take DNA samples?


 Jan 06, 2010 at 02:20 PM Murray Says:

Reply to #6  
Not necessarily good for us Says:

If they fail they will blame all jews, or turn it into a conspiracy theory.

The Islamic militants will be outraged at being subjected to a system with Jewish/Israeli overtones.........................and the ACLU, and Amnesty International will bring suit. (They will claim to be guinea pigs, as the new system will be untested/unproven in the U.S.)


 Jan 06, 2010 at 03:18 PM narishkyten Says:

hashem yishmereinu veyatsileinu mikol ru


 Jan 06, 2010 at 01:03 PM Not necessarily good for us Says:

If they fail they will blame all jews, or turn it into a conspiracy theory.


 Jan 06, 2010 at 06:12 PM Anonymous Says:

  Its about time they start;
1, Profile and interview EVERY passenger.
2, Use dogs or sniffing equipment on EVERY passenger.


 Jan 06, 2010 at 08:39 PM Anonymous Says:

how about having a quick lie detector test while waiting on line at the airport

Lie detecting technology has significantly advanced; i just wonder if this can be practically implemented.


 Jan 06, 2010 at 11:52 PM Anonymous Says:

The us system is so dumm they all run according to the books with so little experience or proffesion, I went to a one day trip and had a one way flight since I was coming back with diff flight my partner told me we might get stopped becaue.... The 911 hijack had a one way flight and little lugage and yes we got directed to special room screened to pto bottom, questioned, I almost missed the flight because the stupid dumm unproffesional monkeys doing the job


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