Israel stands firm on anti-hijacking system

05/13/2010 | Ha'aretz (Tel Aviv, Israel)

Israel's Transportation Ministry said Wednesday that airlines that refuse to adopt a controversial anti-hijacking technology will not be allowed to land at Ben Gurion International Airport. At least three U.S. airlines already are using the Code Positive system, which assigns an electronic smart card and identity code to each approved pilot. Prior to landing, pilots are to radio their identity code, proving that the aircraft has not been commandeered by hijackers. But several international aviation groups have objected to the system, arguing that pilots who incorrectly identify themselves could be shot down by the Israeli Air Force.

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