Within the 1970s, the Israeli nationwide airline was a first-rate goal for terrorists. They tried a number of instances to down El Al plane by duping younger women into unwittingly transporting bombs onboard. On two events, the units didn’t detonate and have been found on arrival in Israel; on a 3rd, a bomb exploded aboard a Rome-Tel Aviv flight; however, the airplane landed safely.
In response to the menace, the Israeli authorities began “profiling” passengers to establish these with uncommon circumstances or manner. At Heathrow in 1986, a passenger named Anne-Marie Murphy was booked on an El Al flight to Tel Aviv. A single, pregnant woman traveling alone to Israel raised suspicions. She had checked in a case through which her Palestinian lover had concealed 1.5kg of excessive explosives. Nezar Hindawi meant to homicide everybody on board, together with their unborn youngster.
A compulsory pre-flight interview takes place earlier than verify-in, at one in every of dozens of desks organized loosely in a square. For many of us, it’s the closest we are going to get to a felony interrogation. Questions vary from the extremely particular (“When did you guide your flight?”) to the humdrum, comparable to your day by day routine at work or favorite soccer staff.
The screening course of, he says, begins even earlier than you enter the terminal. “There’s a profiler at each entrance to the airport constructing. They’ll cease individuals who don’t meet baseline expectations. “We do the identical within the UK – however, at customs checkpoints after folks have gotten off a flight!” Presently of year, most overseas guests are on a tour of the Holy Land or searching for winter sunshine within the Red Sea resort of Eilat.