Airline Security: Is This What We Really Want?

ISRAEL'S EL AL AIRLINE

Grasping for a model of how to better protect against terrorist hijackings, some commentators are suggesting that the U.S. adopt Israel's practices. That system has worked pretty well, especially given what an attractive target Israel's airports and airline are to terrorists. Ben Gurion Airport, near Tel Aviv, Israel's only international airport, has an enviable record. No flight out of there has ever been commandeered. A 1974 TWA flight originating in Tel Aviv was blown up, but only after taking on passengers in Athens. Only once, in 1968, was the national carrier, El Al, successfully hijacked.

How do the Israelis do...

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