Police catch 23 people about to fly to New York with fake Corona tests

August 12, 2021 by TPS
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The Ministry of Health and the Israel Police were successful on Wednesday in capturing 23 people who were on their way to New York with fake Coronavirus (COVID-19) tests.

Pre-flight COVId-19 tests at Ben Gurion Airport. (Eitan Elhadaz/TPS)

Following a suspicion raised by United Airlines, they contacted representatives of the Ministry of Health at Ben Gurion Airport, and indeed the tests were found to be fake.

The passengers were immediately taken off the flight and detained for police interrogation, released on bail, and fined. Their details were transferred to the US authorities.

Further possibilities of punishment are being considered.

In the past week, 15 people were located on a daily basis with fake corona tests at the airport, “which means that every day there are verified cases who come to Ben Gurion Airport, break the law, are fined, and return to quarantine,” the police stated.

The industry of the sale of fake corona tests and Green Pass cards is said to be rampant in Israel.


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