Skip to comments.Stern Israeli airport security measures questioned
Posted on 03/08/2014 9:15:05 AM PST by Olog-hai
Jack Angelides was about to board a flight out of Israels international airport when he was given a curious choice that baffles him to this day. Traveling with a laptop and a stack of printed reading material, he was told to part with one or the other, due to unspecified security concerns. [ ]
While standing in long lines, walking through scanners and removing belts and shoes are a fact of post-Sept. 11 travel worldwide, Israels Ben-Gurion Airport seems to stand alone in the developed world with its security techniques, often leaving travelers dumbfounded. Though Israel denies profiling travelers, business executives, journalists and especially Arabs and visitors to Palestinian areas seem prone to being targeted with aggressive questioning, long luggage examinations and even strip searches.
The tough security is not new, but it is stirring debate. On one side stand those concerned about Israels good name, tourism potential and moral standing. On the other are those for whom security arguments can seem close to sacrosanct in a country hit with decades of attacks by Palestinian militants, a series of hijackings in the 1960s and 70s, and whose travelers abroad are targeted in terrorist attacks.
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They stand alone in the effectiveness of their security techniques, too. They don't seem to have problems with passengers entering the airplane with stolen passports, like Malaysia Airlines does.
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