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What does airport security mean to you?
If you’re flying domestic, security may be taking off your shoes, putting anything you might own through the x-ray machine (your laptop in a separate bin of course), and maybe a TSA agent will check your boarding pass as you exit the metal detector. If you’re flying international, you need to show your passport in addition to all of these security measures. However, if you are flying to or from Israel on El Al, security has a whole new meaning.
Because of the threat of terrorism, El Al takes extreme security measures. Ranging from questioning the airlines passengers, and reinforced steel floors to anti aircraft missile systems on every flight – El Al’s version of security is completely different than Americans are used to experiencing. On top of that, The airline is so efficient and secure that the International Air Transport Association (IATA) ranks El Al in the top three efficient airlines of the world.
El Al has also played an important role in Israeli history and culture. From 1950 to 1956, the airline brought 160,000 immigrants as from Yemen, Iran, and India as part of Operation Magic Carpet and Operation Ezra and Nehemiah. 40 years later, one El Al 747 carried 1,087 passengers from Ethiopia to Israel as part of Operation Solomon.
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