Scopus was tasked with the challenge of providing security, in the field of public order, for what is considered as the largest aviation operation in Europe. An estimated 45,000 Jewish pilgrims were expected to transit through Kiev’s airport during the Uman period. Scopus’s plan was to provide public order for 15,000 passengers on 76 different El Al-affiliated flights within a time frame of 48 hours within Terminal B of Kiev Boryspil International Airport.To logistically support such a massive international operation, Scopus, along with its Ukrainian counterpart, provided 40 trained security personnel on site.


Moreover, given that the airline is Israeli as with the majority of the corresponding passengers being Israeli or of Jewish origin, it was subjected to a greater threat level. This risk was further heightened given the recent anti-Semitic attacks, including the destruction of a Jewish tent city by Ukrainian nationalists in the proximity of this operation, leading to the possibility of similar occurrences, including small-scale radical protests nearby the airport from which the pilgrims were departing from.



with no safety or security incidents due to utilizing Terminal B and the management of passenger flows by Scopus. Scopus' presence during the entire operation was strong and professional.

- Member of Airport Police Authority


Scopus’s Management, Intelligence and Personnel teams were assigned to support this world-wide operation. Given the large amount of participants within a concentrated space and limited timeframe, a great deal of planning and preparation was needed for the operation in advance; this preparation period expanded of three months. This was a vital period, ensuring the proper safety equipment would be on the premise, understanding the layout of the locale and coordinating activities between Scopus staff, their counterpart in Ukraine, and El Al staff in Ukraine as well as airport police and other special law enforcement agencies, including counter-terrorism units.

Coordination prior to arrival included:



Intelligence gathering via Scopus Intelligence Desk both before and during the operation.



Briefing of Scopus personnel separately and with El Al security, airport security and other special forces in Terminal B prior to operations.



Provision of tactical equipment to personnel, including communication devices, badges, flashlights, safety vests, medical equipment, and the proper accommodations to ensure preparedness for the 48 hour duration of the operation.



Preparation of combined command post, including emergency numbers and additional information needed for the operation, including an agenda with a timetable that covers the whole operation.

When the first passengers arrived at Terminal B, Scopus’ personnel was fully prepared for operational execution. In this context, during the 48 hour operation, Scopus’s management and security personnel onsite, combined with support from the Intelligence Desk, ensured the complete safety of the passengers and public order by providing start to finish support. This included controlling the flow of buses arriving to Terminal B, as a means of crowd management, crisis management as well as status update briefings for management teams throughout the operation to ensure the coordination and efficiency of all Scopus team members in coordination with El Al.


Overall, the client was very pleased with the presence of Scopus and recognized the complexity of the operation and the Scopus team overseeing the security and continuity of the summer festivities.

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Scopus provided public order in Terminal B, ensuring the necessary environment for El Al to conduct thorough security checks. This was due to the terminal’s isolation as well as organization during the operation, which included techniques such as buffer zones and crowd management.

El Al’s air fleet and affiliates took of safely, meeting the operations planned schedule.



Establishing an executive protection team


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