Pistol Slipped: American Airlines Loses Netanyahu’s Guns

Travel News — By Ben Van Loon on July 12, 2010 at 9:52 am

Regardless of your view on the Israel/Palestine conflict, everyone can agree that there’s nothing more annoying than having an airline misplace your luggage – especially if it’s something that you need, like your Glocks.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently fell victim to this all-too-common Airline-security oversight [via tnooz] on his most recent visit to the White House for a meeting with President Obama.¬†As he passed through security and arrived in D.C., one of the Prime Minister’s bodyguard’s bags, originally loaded with four pistols, was actually on a plane that landed at JFK, minus four Glocks. This was after they were first sent to L.A.

This news is especially poignant after recent reports from the U.S. Department of Transportation, which we covered a few weeks ago here. In short, though the rate of passenger luggage loss is dropping, the numbers are still staggeringly high – 3.08 reports of lost luggage per 1,000 passengers.

The pistols misplaced were Glock 17s, and there is currently a search underway to recover the lost weapons. Because of Netanyahu’s international political position, the search for the misplaced luggage has taken on a political fervor.

It may be a “comedy of errors,” but lost luggage – and especially lost guns – are no laughing matter.

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Tags: American Airlines, benjamin netanyahu, D.C., department of transportation, glocks, jfk, L.A., lost luggage, Obama

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