Skyjacked: A nation with no airline security

Imagine the airport with no security. No metal detectors. No TSA guards. No luggage searches. Boarding an airliner with a firearm could be as easy as putting a pistol in your pocket and taking your seat. That's the way it was in the United States in the early 1970s when an epidemic of airline "skyjackings" dominated the news. Hijackers' motives ranged from political to financial. Their destinations spanned North America, Europe and Asia and quite often included the island nation of Cuba. The hijackings took place against a backdrop of dramatic social change and the Vietnam War.

Three decades before the 9/11 attacks, these airline bandits triggered a chain of events leading to the modern airline security we enjoy and suffer today.

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Skyjacked: A nation with no airline security

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