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The Skyjacking Epidemic: 1968-1972


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Airliners stay on the ground during a PFLP-hosted press conference in Dawson's Field, after a 1970 hijacking.
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Airliners stay on the ground during a PFLP-hosted press conference in Dawson's Field, after a 1970 hijacking.

In 1968, and for five years after, commercial jets were hijacked nearly once a week. Journalist Brendan Koerner tells the story of this criminal epidemic, focusing on the madcap story of a young couple who pulled off the longest distance hijacking in U.S. history. Forum talks with Koerner about the radical 1970s, the country's skyjacking epidemic, and the evolution of aviation security at the time.

Host: Michael Krasny

Guests:

  • Brendan Koerner, author of "The Skies Belong to Us: Love and Terror in the Golden Age of Hijacking," and contributing editor for Wired

The Skies Belong to Us by Brendan I. Koerner - Excerpt by Crown Publishing Group

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