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Arab ‘acted wildly and made threats’ on flight to Israel

November 25, 2013 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59An Israeli security team arrested a 21-year-old man who allegedly threatened passengers on a British Airways flight from London to Tel Aviv.

The man was reported to have run wildly around the plane. Flight crew alerted Ben Gurion Airport security and the man was arrested by a security team that boarded the plane shortly after it landed, the Times of Israel reported.

Israel is well prepared for acts of terrorism, so Tel Aviv is not a good destination for anyone wishing to behave belligerently or bizarrely in the air.

The man was checked for weapons before being taken for questioning.

Israeli national news channel Arutz Sheva went further, describing the man as an Arab. It reported that the BA plane was about 30 miles (48 kilometrres) from Ben Gurion Airport when its pilots radioed ahead to report the man’s behaviour. The plane landed in the early evening and was diverted to a separate parking spot, far from the terminal.

A team of security guards boarded the plane, subdued the passenger and checked him for weapons. He was unarmed, reportedly. The security team questioned other passengers, ascertained the man was acting alone, handcuffed him and transferred him to Israel Police.

After an initial investigation found no cause to suspect any terrorist motive, the man was released, Arutz Sheva reported. The man had apparently suffered “emotional distress” in the flight, police said.

Written by Peter Needham

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