Following delays, Ben Gurion Airport security malfunction fixed

After several hours of delays at Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport, the problem in the automatic security system has been fixed. The Israel Airports Authority stated that flights are expected to return to normal.
Long lines at the airport Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

Last night (Wednesday), a malfunction occurred at Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport. The automatic security examination system stopped working properly and many departures were delayed.

At around 9:00 AM, the Israel Airports Authority (IAA) decided to completely stop registrations at the check-in counters in order to restart the computerized systems of the airport. After the restart, the check-in counters gradually returned to order. The majority of the flights were delayed by an average of 1 to 3 hours.

“We have been waiting in the plane for 3 hours,” stated former IDF Spokesperson Avi Benayahu, who found himself on a delayed flight. “The problem is with the loading of the luggage.”

According to the IAA, since the discovery of the malfunction, 15 thousand passengers departed Israel but 400 suitcases stayed in the country and will reach their destinations later. During the day, 50 thousand passengers are expected to pass through the airport.

Photo Credit: Channel 2 News

Approximately at 10:30 AM, the IAA stated that the system has returned to full operational capacity and that they will investigate the problem. It added that the flights are expected to overcome the delays throughout the day.

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