The airport operates an automatic security check system for checking passengers' luggage:
HBS - Hold Baggage Screening.
The HBS system operates according to a 100% automatic technological security check method. The system was developed by the Israel Airports Authority in order to improve the level of service for passengers traveling through Ben Gurion Airport.
There are two variations of technological security checks:
Automatic systems integrated into the luggage sorting system (In Line)
Independent non-automatic systems (lobby installation, stand-alone)
The luggage is sent to an innovative sorting system, which includes an array of technological security checks based on the strictest international standards and state-of-the-art technological capabilities. Furthermore, the system is in full conformity with the Israeli Attorney General's directives which require the Israel Airports Authority to implement a fair and an equal security check procedure for all passengers. The luggage is sent to the HBS inspection area after being tagged at the airline counter and each bag is scanned by leading, internationally approved security devices. If the system identifies a suspicious item, it will send the luggage to the manual inspection area.
The luggage will be sent to the HBS system following its tagging at the airline counter.
The suitcases sent to the security check by the HBS system can be locked with special locks. Standard locks approved for use, at most airports of the world, by the US security authorities (TSA), are laso approved for use at Ben Gurion Airport.
The TSAlocks can be purchased at various shops around the country as well as at the public halls of Ben Gurion Airport. Only suitcases locked with TSAlocks will be flown locked to their destination.
Examples of locks:
Assisted Passengers and Pregnant Women
According to the Equal Rights of Persons with Disabilities Law in Israel, Ben Gurion Airport is accessible for disabled passengers throughout the security check process and in general. At the security check areas there are special benches for sitting, and the hand luggage check point has special queus with priority to assisted passengers.
Passengers can benefit from wheelchair or accompaniment services, if requested in advance from their respective airline. The information counter has special stands suitable for disabled passengers.
Passengers with pacemakers must present an official certificate from the hospital confirming
the presence of the pacemaker. The certificate must state the name of the patient, date, and
name of the medical institute in which the implant took place. It is also possible to present a
certificate from a doctor with the aforementioned information.
Passengers with implanted medical devices, who are unable to go through a metal detector,
must present an official medical certificate from the hospital. The certificate must state the
name of the patient, date, and name of the medical institute in which the implant took place. It
is also possible to present a certificate from a doctor with the aforementioned information.
Passengers in a wheelchair or with a metal prosthesis will undergo a manual security check,
and are exempt of passing through the metal detectors.
Passengers in Wheelchairs
Passengers receiving a wheelchair service from the ground handling company are exempted from security checks. However, passengers with a personal wheelchair must undergo a security check.
Passengers are requested not to leave any luggage or item unattended during their entire stay in the halls and at the airport in general,. An item with no identifiable owner found on airport premises will be immediately removed to a security pit. In order to identify the removed item, please approach the information counter.
For further information regarding security matters:
Fax 03-9752330, +972.3.9752332
Passenger Service Address – Security
Security Division, Ben Gurion Airport
Israel Airport Authority, PO Box 7
Ben Gurion Airport 7015001
Email: Passenger Service Address – Security:
The Ben Gurion Airport Security Division offers services for foreign business persons and guests of Israeli companies and entities, in the form of certified Israeli security personnel attached to companies hosting business persons. The certified security personnel operate in connection with the security center and transfer to the call center the details regarding the foreign guests' arrival and stay in Israel.
The service is provided on both international and domestic flights departing from Ben Gurion Airport, and on arriving flights of Israeli airlines.
The security check for passengers using this service is considerably faster and is based on an early report by the security personnel. The Mokdan of the Security Division is in contact with hundreds of Israeli companies, government offices, and public as well as private entities, and is known for the high level of service it provides to passengers who benefit from it.
For additional information about the service, please contact the Mokdan's management:
Office Tel. 09-9750560
Office Fax 03-9750561
Ethnic Minorities Unit
The Ethnic Minorities Unit was established in order to enable communication with Ethnic minorities in Israel. The unit includes four officials working in shifts at the airport. Their role is to coordinate, connect and assist in proper security check procedures.
The representative of the Ethnic Minorities Unit can be informed about your expected arrival at Ben Gurion Airport using the form. It is recommended to send the form ten days prior to the planned date of flight.
Office Tel. 03-9752357
Office Fax 03-9752358
Abu Matir Muhammad: 050-9755122Abu Ganem Salamah: 050-9755121
Yossi Maklade: 050-9755120
Saleh Duboa: 050-9755123
The security check is open for every passenger who arrives up to three hours before the flight. The airline check-in counters are opened three hours before the flight's departure time. Passengers are required to present a passport which is valid for at least six months following the departure date and the flight ticket or a proof of purchase of a ticket (electronic ticket).
Passengers are required to obtain a visa for the country of destination and to present it during check-in.
Items which are prohibited on board the aircraft, such as knives or sharp instruments, will be identified during the security check and may be confiscated