Not even officers from Israeli security service Shin Bet can escape the scourge of lost [and stolen] luggage it seems.

A bag belonging to agents travelling with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was mistakenly put on a flight from New York to Los Angeles, not to Washington. Alarmingly the bag contained four 9mm Glock handguns, which are now missing…

The Israeli officers were accompanying Mr Netanyahu to Washington for White House talks with President Barack Obama.

NBC News reported that the handguns had, in accordance with security procedures at New York’s John F Kennedy airport, been placed inside checked luggage. The luggage was then supposed to be put on a connecting flight to Washington however, American Airlines workers at the airport instead sent it right across the country to LAX in Los Angeles.

By the time the luggage was located and recovered, the guns had disappeared, and are presumed to have been stolen.

Life in the fast lane.

  1. Personality says:

    I think I saw them in an episode of Lost. In the bottom of a pond.

  2. Improbus says:

    Next time send it ahead of time with FedEx. You can’t trust anyone in the “transportation” business, including law enforcement.

  3. li says:

    Don’t they have state aircraft.

  4. araknd says:

    #3. It’s called El Al.

    Next thing we’ll hear about is some people who work in baggage handling at JFK and LAX will mysteriously not show up for work, ever.

  5. Ah_Yea says:

    I’m lov’n my new uzi!

  6. Shubee says:

    I think that’s a fair trade. The Israeli government steals Palestinian land, is guilty of war crimes against Palestinians and has the warm blessings of the western press and the United States government and what gets reported is that unknown thieves inadvertently stole four 9mm Glock handguns from a few Nazi thugs.

  7. ECA says:

    and when they went missing you THOUGHT they would be found?

    1, the xray tech that SAW the guns..
    2, Person that KNEW the group and waited for it after Check in.

    Im sorry, but this is the biggest scam in the USA and has been happening for ALONG time.

  8. Dirk Thundernuts says:

    They’ll be poppin’ caps in a brutha’s ass later this evening.

  9. deowll says:

    The Department of Homeland Insecurity in action. You give them the guns and they make them vanish. Who ends up with guns? Thieves!

    Somebody needs to be locked up then fired! Even if they just permitted the thrift they need to be fired!

  10. W.T.Effyall says:

    Things will change when Netangoogle takes over.

  11. jeanne says:

    If the TSA is not about security theater but about real security, why don’t airport workers have to go through security checkpoints? Everyone with access to the airplane from baggage handlers to food service to housekeeping are not checked. I wonder if there was better security whether we would be seeing so much missing luggage. And, I wonder why this additional security has not been implemented.

  12. Matt says:

    So do they not have an official aircraft that they fly on only dedicated for official use? Maybe we should start flying Obama in coach on Southwest. We’ll just put Biden on a Greyhound bus.

  13. Dallas says:

    I would add those Israeli bodyguards are nice on the eyes. Good choice, Ben

  14. bobbo, travelling gets worse all the time says:

    Theft from travel baggage is the norm. Should be relatively easy to stop, but it is the norm. I pack consciously with nothing but clothes in my luggage. Even then, my “upscale” baggage will be broken into.

    So–crime in a permissive environment is allowed===but===if these workers are of that mind to steal, they can put things INTO baggage as well take things out.

    I’ll believe our TSA/Homeland Security system “works” when baggage handlers are caught as a by product of the main security effort.

    I won’t be holding my breath.

  15. Father says:

    ECA for the win!

  16. Jeanne says:

    Airports/airlines hire from the bottom of the barrel for their lower-paying jobs. If I were a terrorist, the first thing I would try would be to get hired as a baggage handler, then put explosives in luggage for an instantaneous Lockerbie replay. Pre-bomb placement, I could steal / resell found luggage goodies to help further the cause. As this hasn’t happened, I have to wonder how big the threat is here in the U.S., where we have such lax airport worker security.

  17. If they would have traveled in a private aircraft there was no question of this matter..This seems how careless they are and what responsibilities does this airport’s workers have..They should have proper security check ….This encourages for terrorist activities..and leads in another air-crash which took place on September 11th …

  18. interglacial says:

    #13 Dallas
    To me they just look like a group of thugs getting ready for another shakedown.

  19. Dallas says:

    #18 Maybe so to you but I find the holocaust as a horrible reminder of a modern day atrocity and Israel as a friend and ally of the United States.

    Greetings to your Hamas buddies!

  20. Rich says:

    I’d put them in a case and show them only to my closest friends. “Hey, guys, wanna see Netanyahoo’s bodyguards’ guns?”

  21. NobodySpecial says:

    Fortunately they are in Washington so can pick up some replacements easily – at the corner store, kids playground, airport gift shop.

  22. At least it isn’t as bad as the time FBI had one of its SUVs jacked. They lost multiple M16s, MP5s and handguns as well as almost 1000 rounds of ammo!


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