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Arab Threatens Passengers on BA Flight

Plane landed at Ben Gurion Airport. Security men handcuffed the man, who was unarmed.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 11/23/2013, 9:43 PM

Ben Gurion Airport
Ben Gurion Airport
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An Arab man, aged 21, behaved wildly and threatened to harm passengers on a British Airways flight from London to Tel Aviv Saturday, reported Israel Hayom.

The plane was about 30 miles away from Ben Gurion Airport when its pilots radioed in the report about the incident. At about 6:00 a.m., the plane landed and was diverted to a separate parking spot, far from the terminal.

A team of security guards boarded the plane, subdued the passenger and made sure he was not carrying any weapons. The security team questioned the other passengers, and ascertained that the man has no accomplices. He was handcuffed and transferred to the Israel Police.

The initial investigation found no cause to suspect a terrorist motive and the man was released. Police said that the man apparently suffered "emotional distress."