I know that at Ben Gurion airport, security control can be a mess, with passengers being given a sticker with a number wherein one of the digits is 1-6 and determines how thoroughly you'll be searched/interrogated.

Does Eilat-Ovda airport have this as well, or otherwise particularly strict security?

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    I was strip searched at the Eilat and Ben Gurion airports both. Didn't try Ovda yet but I would be shocked if they didn't exercise similar caution.
    – user4188
    Aug 1, 2017 at 16:54
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    I will test this on January 9 and report back if I don't forget it. My first Ryanair flight, eeeeeeek!
    – user4188
    Oct 30, 2017 at 22:50
  • @chx Ryanair's not so bad. Then again I'm used to it (and Wizz)
    – Crazydre
    Oct 30, 2017 at 22:54
  • @chk, I guess you've forgotten.
    – ugoren
    Mar 10, 2018 at 16:04
  • @ugoren No, he's stopped his activity due to a beef with the mods.
    – Crazydre
    Mar 10, 2018 at 16:58

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It's been years since I last flew through Ovda, but since nobody else has answered:

It's an Israeli airport, so yes, security is quite strict. But instead of a TSA-style shoe parade where everybody gets subjected to the same idiocy unless they pay, the Israelis profile ruthlessly and you'll be processed quite efficiently if you don't raise any flags (Arab/Muslim name/appearance, evidence of travel to Muslim countries or the Palestinian territories, etc).

Ovda is also a much smaller airport than Ben-Gurion, and it's scheduled to be closed down if/when Ramon Airport opens (October 2018 at time of writing).

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