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It emerged Tuesday that an Israir passenger boarded a flight from Tel Aviv to Eilat earlier in the month while he was carrying a semi-automatic rifle.

The passenger was able to pass through several stages of security checks without anyone noticing the M-1 carbine in his bag. Only when the passenger actually boarded the flight did a stewardess notice the firearm. Security personnel were contacted and the other passengers disembarked from the flight.

A source at the aviation authority said Tuesday that the passenger was a security guard who was licensed to carry the weapon. After the situation was clarified, the passengers re-boarded and the man flew with the rifle stowed in the luggage compartment of the plane.