Family Brings Unexploded Ordinance; Panic Ensued at Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport

After security inspectors discovered an unexploded artillery shell at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport this week, evacuation procedures were launched.

Highlights

  • After attempting to investigate an unexploded bomb, a family of American tourists caused a commotion in the departures area of Israel's main airport.
  • The family, who were on a visit from the United States, attempted to take the ordinance home with them as a memento.
  • The ordinance was successfully removed by security officers without causing any damage to the airport, and operations were quickly resumed.

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After attempting to investigate an unexploded bomb, a family of American tourists caused a commotion in the departures area of Israel's main airport. After security inspectors discovered an unexploded artillery shell at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport this week, evacuation procedures were launched. The family, who were on a visit from the United States, attempted to take the ordinance home with them as a memento.

During a travel to the Golan Heights, a family member spotted the object and packed it as a souvenir for their return trip. When the guests arrived at the airport, they freely took the shell out of their rucksack and asked security if they may put it in a luggage. The official recognised the object as a potential explosion and began emergency procedures to vacate the area.

The ordinance was successfully removed by security officers without causing any damage to the airport, and operations were quickly resumed. Security officers questioned the family at the airport before allowing them to leave the country, according to reports.

The airport located 28 miles northwest of Jerusalem and 12 miles southeast of Tel Aviv, and it serves as the country's main entry point. The airport has faced severe threats in the past and now has one of the highest levels of aviation security in the world.

The bomb is one of numerous unexploded shells and land mines left over from the 1967 and 1973 battles between Israel and Syria. The Israeli Defense Ministry uncovered an underground bunker with hundreds of explosives, including pyrotechnic bombs, explosives, and ammunition in the Golan Heights earlier this year.

Datchanapriya is a journalism and mass communication student from Chennai. Has always been passionate about writing and connecting with people.

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