Israeli Airport to Use X-Ray Scanners on Pets

25 April 2010 (Last Updated April 25th, 2010 18:30)

Ben-Gurion Airport in Israel, one of the most secure in the world, is to begin using X-ray-based scanners on pets in an effort to increase existing security at the airport. Israeli security services have recommended the X-ray screening of suspicious pets at national airports on the gro

Ben-Gurion Airport in Israel, one of the most secure in the world, is to begin using X-ray-based scanners on pets in an effort to increase existing security at the airport.

Israeli security services have recommended the X-ray screening of suspicious pets at national airports on the ground that terrorists may try to hide bombs inside them, according to the Jerusalem Post.

Any pet owner who refuses to allow their pet to be screened will not be allowed to board their flight.

Security screeners at the airport have already received new instructions to pass dogs, cats and other pets of suspicious passengers through X-ray machines.

The move has been taken following a failed terrorist attempt to assassinate a Saudi prince last August by hiding a bomb inside an al-Qaida suicide bomber's rectum.