Israeli steals life jackets from plane

Stewardesses on charter flight to Crete spot 17-year-old passenger taking three life jackets to use as swimming floats during vacation. Police also find 19 Kalashnikov bullets in her handbag

A young Israeli woman has been arrested on suspicion of stealing three life jackets from a charter flight on her way to a summer vacation in the Greek island of Crete.


And if that were not enough, 19 Kalashnikov bullets were found in her bag.


The incident took place last Friday. During a flight to Crete, stewardesses spotted the 17-year-old Israeli taking three life jackets located under the place's seats in case of an emergency landing at sea. The girl had planned to use the life jackets as swimming floats while vacationing with her friends in Greece.


When she got off the plane, she was arrested by Greek police officers, who also found a magazine of a Kalashnikov rifle with 19 bullets in her handbag. The girl had apparently left Israel with the magazine, which was not discovered during the Ben-Gurion Airport security check.


She told police investigators that her handbag was an old bag used by her father during his military reserve service and that she had been unaware of the magazine's presence. Her claim is rather puzzling as the Kalashnikov rifle is not considered a standard weapon in the Israel Defense Forces.


The Israeli girl was brought before a judge on Friday and released for being a minor. Nonetheless, the Greeks are planning to charge her with theft and possession of weapons.


She was allowed to return to Israel after promising to return for the trial, which has been scheduled for October.


Meanwhile, the Foreign Ministry is pleading with Israelis to check their bags thoroughly before going abroad in order to ensure that no bullets or magazines have been forgotten inside.



פרסום ראשון: 08.15.13, 07:27
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