Following the guerrilla massacre of passengers at Tel Aviv's Lod Airport yesterday (Wednesday) in which 27 people died, the Italian Government has ordered a strict tightening of security at Rome's Fiumicins Airport.
Following the guerrilla massacre of passengers at Tel Aviv's Lod Airport yesterday (Wednesday) in which 27 people died, the Italian Government has ordered a strict tightening of security at Rome's Fiumicins Airport. The three Japanese terrorists who caused the carnage at Lod Airport, had all boarded an Air France aircraft in Rome, placing their arms in their luggage, drawing them out in the customs hall and opening fire on all around them.
In an order direct from Italian Transport Minister Oscar Luigi Scalfare, airlines and airport authorities were told that--as of today--all air passengers travelling to Tel Aviv must have their luggage fully searched and they themselves pass strict personal scrutiny.
In an address to the Israeli Parliament, Prime Minister Mrs. Golda Meir also stressed that Israel would take every precaution both at home and abroad to protect air passengers--and called on all other nations to do the same.
SYNOPSIS: Rome's Fiumicino Airport--where, as of Thursday, a direct Government order has instituted a strict tightening of security on all passengers, particularly those travelling to Israel. The move follows the massacre of passengers disembarking from an Air France aircraft at Tel Aviv's Lod Airport on Wednesday--when three Japanese guerrillas, claiming to be supporters of the Palestinian movement, opened fire, killing twenty-seven and injuring many more. The terrorists had boarded the aircraft at Rome, checking their arms through in their luggage--then, in the Tel Aviv customs hall, drawing out guns and grenades, opened indiscriminate fire. Now, under the new measures, airlines and airport authorities at Fiumicine are ordered to search all passengers' luggage, and the travellers themselves.