The Skies Belong To Us: Love And Terror In The Golden Age Of Hijacking

The next time you’re patted down and pornoscanned, remember that there was a time in American history that skyjacking was so common it was almost comical. Between 1968 and 1973, there was a hijacking per week. Teenagers hopped on board with fake dynamite and asked to go to Canada. Disillusioned working stiffs jumped out of… READ THE REST

I miss crazy town.

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That is called freedom. We typically give lip service to freedom until somebody does something actually free. Then we start saying “Uh oh, we gotta put a stop to that!”


One of my favourite jokes from that era was about a guy standing up on a flight, brandishing a pistol, and screaming “Take this plane to Miami!”

“But sir, this is the flight to Miami anyway!”

“Bullshit! I’ve been on this flight six times and every time it’s gone to Havana!”


From Mohawk Airlines 1962 timetable. Those were the days when air travel was fast.

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Your freedom begins where mine ends. Other passengers having their life hijacked for hours or days weren’t quite free, were they?

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