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Friday, September 23, 2005

1970: Back when hijacking a plane was no big deal.

Just saw a show on Discovery Times channel about the 1970 PFLP hijacking of four jetliners on the same day. From Wikipedia:

On September 6, 1970, the PFLP hijacked four passenger aircraft ... The Pan Am flight was diverted to Cairo; the TWA, Swissair and BOAC flights were diverted to Dawson's Field in Zarqa, Jordan. The TWA, Swissair and BOAC aircraft were subsequently blown up by the terrorists on September 12, with no casualties.

The footage of this is amazing. PFLP brought all non-jewish passengers out into the baking sun while PFLP leaders paced around and ranted on a bullhorn in broad freaking daylight. The media was there interviewing and taping it all like it was a press conference. Meanwhile the 100 or so jewish passengers baked inside the aircrafts in 130 degree desert heat. After getting all the people out, they torched the three planes.

One of the hijackers, Leila Khaled, is still alive and free. She often speaks publicly at relatively mainstream organizations and in 2002 spoke to students at a London university. Mind you, this woman armed two hand grenades, held them in both hands, and threatened to kill an entire planeful of people.

No big deal. It was 1970, back when hijacking a plane was cool.
Don't know if you caught this one a few days ago but i's plane related (albeit no hi-jacking)
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