Thursday, December 27, 2001
control by Israelis]
spokesman for the Israeli national airline El Al
said Thursday that Reid visited Israel in
July and went through security screening that
involved checking his shoes.
Nahman Klaiman said Reid "arrived in
July" aboard an El Al flight. During the security
check-in at the airport where Reid boarded the
plane, Klaiman said "our security people were
aroused and he went through security check, which
included a personal check as well as removal of his
shoes, which were checked separately.
"Only after the passenger had passed all of the
security checks was he allowed to board the
aircraft," Klaiman said.
He refused to name the city Reid was flying
from. Klaiman said he had no details on whether
Reid used that name or if he carried a British
passport. He said Reid did not leave Israel on an
El Al flight and it was not possible to say how
long he stayed. The Israeli Interior Ministry said
it had no comment.
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passport shows he had visited Israel some months