Mexican tourist enters Israel with UAVs

Nov. 20, 2012 at 6:15 AM
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TEL AVIV, Israel, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- A Mexican national was questioned at Israel's Ben-Gurion Airport after two unmanned aerial vehicles were found in his suitcase, officials said.

The Mexican attempted to pass through the nothing-to-declare customs area of the airport when he was stopped by authorities and asked to open his luggage for inspection, Israel Radio said Tuesday.

He claimed to be a representative of the Mexican police and said he was taking the UAVs for repair in Israel. He failed to coordinate his arrival with authorities, the radio said.

Two dismantled UAVs were found in three suitcases in his possession. The unmanned aerial vehicles were described by the authorities as devices used for long distances and with the latest technology, engines and camera equipment, the radio report said.

The man was being questioned at the airport, the radio said.

Officials are also investigating how the man boarded an El Al plane in Paris for Israel without the contents of his luggage being detected, the radio said.

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