CBNNews.com - Passengers on inbound flights to Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport will be asked to remain seated once the aircraft is within 180 miles of the airport.
On Wednesday, Israel issued its newest security regulation to all airlines -- domestic and foreign -- landing at Ben Gurion.
"Our new policy is that planes lock their flight-deck doors and activate the 'please fasten seat belts' sign when 180 miles away from Israel," an Israeli security official explained.
"It's a precaution against hijackers storming the cockpit in the final approach, given the current terrorist threat level," he said.
Last year, pilots began using the Security Code System (SCS). The system requires pilots to enter a secure code 180 miles away, which confirms to air traffic controllers that the cockpit is in the right hands.
The added seating requirement serves as a further deterrent to hijackers who might consider making their move after the SCS has been encoded.
"The new regulations are definitely linked to our introduction of the SCS," the security official said.
The newest security regulation was issued after the assassination of arch-terrorist Imad Mughniyeh on February 12.
Since then, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, spiritual leader of the Lebanese-based, Iranian-armed and financed terror group, has stepped up threats of Israel's annihilation.
On Friday, at a rally honoring the slain Hezbollah commander, Nasrallah repeated his declaration of "open war" with Israel, a war he says began in 1948 , "before I was born."
"No one can protect the entire Israeli home front from our missiles," the terror chief threatened. "If they think of entering the south, to any valley, any hill, I swear you will carry your tanks and soldiers and your entire army will collapse under the feet of Imad Mughniyeh," he said. "I swear to you Haj Imad, our blood will not go to waste," Nasrallah promised.
"Destroying Israel is an inevitable outcome, a historic law, a divine doctrine," he said, echoing the words of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
"When Israel won't have any army, it won't survive, and that's what I said about Mughniyeh's blood leading to the elimination of Israel," Nasrallah explained.
Source: israel insider