For about 10 minutes on Sunday evening, Ben-Gurion Airport was following emergency protocol after a drone was spotted over Terminal 3. The drone was noticed shortly after U.S. Vice President Mike Pence landed in Israel.







Drone (archive)

Drone (archive) Photo Credit: Kobi Richter/TPS

Shortly after U.S. Vice President Mike Pence landed in Israel, a drone was spotted hovering over Ben-Gurion Airport’s Terminal 3. The airport followed the appropriate protocol, grounding all departing flights and notifying incoming flights not to land until further notice. After about 10 minutes, security officials ruled that the drone was not a threat and the airport returned to its normal routine.

The Israel Airports Authority said in a statement that the use of drones in the airport area is a serious matter and prohibited by law. A complaint has been filed with the Israel Police, which has already launched an investigation into the incident.