NEW YORK (AFP) Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Four guns went missing and were believed to have been stolen from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's security detail after American Airlines lost luggage containing the weapons, NBC reported.
It said the Glock 9mm guns had been placed in checked baggage -- as security protocol dictates -- at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and were supposed to be placed on a flight to Washington for Israeli agents assigned to Netanyahu, who was meeting President Barack Obama on Tuesday.
But workers mistakenly sent the luggage to Los Angeles where it was learned the guns were missing, and police said they believe they were stolen, NBC television reported Tuesday out of New York city.
The station said police at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey were investigating whether the weapons were stolen at the airport in New York, or after the bag arrived in Los Angeles.
NBC cited a source saying the bag was inspected by screeners of the US Transportation Security Administration at Kennedy airport, who cleared the weapons for transport to Washington.
American Airlines did not provide details on the incident.
"When you have a situation related to security, we allow the appropriate law enforcement agencies to handle the situation and we refrain from commenting publicly, so that we don't hamper an investigation," airline spokesman Tim Wagner was quoted by NBC as saying.
Netanyahu travels Wednesday to New York where he meets with United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon.