American tourist is arrested in Israel and taken off flight to America after telling flight attendant he was carrying a bomb in his carry-on that was planted by a fellow passenger to ‘frame him’
- He had arrived in Jerusalem that same morning without any problems or suspicions
- The man claimed to be in Israel for a ‘diving trip’
An American tourist has been arrested in Israel after boarding a flight back to the US after announcing to a flight attendant that another passenger had planted a bomb in his bag.
The man, 43 – who had only planned to be in Israel for a day and had flown in from New York on Thursday morning – was removed by the flight attendant and returned to border control at Ben-Gurion airport after boarding the plane returned to the United States. on Thursday evening.
He told them he didn’t want to be on the plane because a passenger in “blue clothes” had “planted a bomb in his personal backpack,” The Jerusalem Post reported.
He had arrived in Jerusalem that morning without any problems or suspicions.
The man claimed to be in Israel on a “diving trip.”
An American tourist has been arrested in Israel after boarding a flight back to the US after announcing to a flight attendant that another passenger had planted a bomb in his bag
After border control officers conducted an investigation, no bomb was found in his carry-on luggage, instead they found “photocopied pages” discussing the “burning of Jerusalem” from a book called Kings of the Desert.
The tourist will be flown back to the US within 24 hours.
“Not a routine night, but in situations like this the agents don’t hesitate,” the Israeli Airports Authority told N12. “They immediately call in the security forces.”
Another bizarre case involving explosives was recorded at Ben-Gurion Airport last April, when an American family triggered a bomb threat after showing security agents an unexploded bomb grenade they found during their visit to Golan Heights and kept in their suitcase. had caught.
Video circulating on social media at the time showed panicked passengers scrambling around the departure hall.
The Israel Airports Authority had announced that a man had been hospitalized with injuries when he attempted to flee over a baggage carousel.
The 32-year-old injured passenger named Uri later spoke to Yedioth Ahronoth about the incident after suffering a rib fracture and lung hemorrhage.
He said, ‘My whole body hurts. I don’t understand what happened there, there should be protocols for such things instead of creating chaos. I thank God at the moment that the damage is not serious.
“There was a lot of yelling, but I didn’t know what it was. I just felt like I had to run for my life.’
The Israel Airports Authority said the family was allowed to board their flight after being questioned by security personnel, who released everything.