12 Nov 2008
TONY Blair’s bodyguard caused a major security scare at an Israeli airport yesterday when his gun went off by mistake.
No one was hurt, but there was chaos at Ben-Gurion airport.
The police special protection officer was unloading his gun outside prior to boarding a plane to London with Mr Blair when he accidentally fired into the ground. Israeli security officers surrounded him and detained him.
It was all the more embarrassing because it is the third time this year that Mr Blair has been at the centre of a security blunder.
Three months ago a female bodyguard assigned to him accidentally left her gun in the toilets of a Starbucks in London.
And in May Israeli fighter jets were scrambled to intercept an unidentified aircraft approaching Israel at high speed – only to discover it was carrying Mr Blair.