BERLIN — Were the guys with the knife and toy pistol attempting to hijack a Lufthansa airliner, or were they undercover police conducting a security test? No one in the German government was willing Friday to say for sure.
Officials revealed that last Saturday morning at the Frankfurt airport, two men appeared on the runway beside a Lufthansa jet bound for Tel Aviv. According to German media, the men attempted to walk up the gangway and into the plane. They flashed airport identity cards and tried to brush past a Lufthansa security guard.
The guard then reportedly stopped and frisked them with a hand-held metal detector. One of the men had what was described as a bowie knife strapped to his leg. The other had a toy pistol in his belt. The men told the guard that they were part of a special airport security team and informed him: "You successfully passed."
The men--described as Arab-looking--hopped into a dark-colored car with airport plates and drove off with two other men. They were not stopped or heard from again.