Don’t Fly El Al, Unless You Want to Be Treated Like Trash

This is just so wrong.  El Al is simply acting like a thug.

An American professor who was invited to a conference in Israel claims she was humiliated by Israeli security personnel at London’s Luton airport on Thursday. Professor Heather Bradshaw, who researches neuroscience at Indiana University, was at Cambridge University when she was invited to Hebrew University in Jerusalem for a conference. “Our guest arrived at Luton airport on Thursday in order to fly to Israel using [Israeli airline] El Al, and she was shocked to discover that straight away, the security personnel treated her as a terror suspect,” said Haifa University professor Arik Rimmerman who submitted a complaint to El Al in her name. “She presented numerous documents indicating the purpose of her visit and her passport – which shows she has already been to Israel several times,” said Rimmerman. “The security personnel treated her and the documents she presented with utter disrespect.” Bradshaw told Haaretz that no one told her what she was suspected of and she wasn’t explained anything. She said that security took her to a separate room and confiscated all of her belongings. She told Haaretz that she sat and waited as every few minutes a different security official came in to question her about the items in her suitcase – which were mostly books.

Now we all know which airline to avoid- and which one deserves to be shunned by all people of good will. Such treatment of people for no good cause whatsoever is just thug-ish.


If Your Home Is a Prison


With thanks to Antonio Lombatti for telling me about it.

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4 Responses to Don’t Fly El Al, Unless You Want to Be Treated Like Trash

  1. arenmaeir says:

    I don’t justify the treatment that the Prof. received, and I have many colleagues who have had a hard time when leaving and entering Israel. That is why I provide a letter for all team members coming or leaving Israel. BUT, and this is an important but, this must be kept in perspective. These very careful (and at times too much so) checks are done to counter real threats that exist againts Israeli targets in general, and El Al planes specifically. If it was not for extremely tight security, over the years, several El Al planes would have been brought down in mid-air (not theoretically – these are actual events that were prevented thru the close security). Coming just a day after what seems to be a new method of Al Qaeda to try and disrupt international flight (and which will have enormous financial implications for safely continuing air freight traffic), I think the unfortunate neccessities of El Al security should be seen in a slightly more understanding manner…



    • Jim says:

      i agree- these are troubled times when security matters a lot! but their treatment of her seems very, very excessive.


  2. Joseph I. Lauer says:

    The follow-up to the Ha’aretz article you cited is “American prof. subjected to intense El Al search shares name of pro-Iran activist, Haaretz learns”, which may be read at or It states, among other things: “An American brain science expert subjected to “humiliating” scrutiny during an El Al security check in Luton Airport near London was apparently the victim of mistaken identity. *** Haaretz learned yesterday that there is an American activist of the same name who has been working on behalf of Iranian and Pakistani exiles and is involved in resettling them in the United States. It is thought that this other Heather Bradshaw may have appeared on a list that resulted in the close security scrutiny. El Al responded yesterday that the company is not permitted to provide details on security matters, adding that the airline operates according to instructions issued by government security authorities.”


  3. It wasn’t a mistake or a single case, this is just EL AL the worst airline in the world who believe they have the right to abuse and humiliate anyone and are above any local laws. I couldn’t believe till I had been there myself, and never even received an apology! Check out my story and many links to similar stories on


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