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5.0 out of 5 stars The Skies Belong To Us, 7 July 2013
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S Riaz "S Riaz" (England) - See all my reviews
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This is a fascinating and compelling account of hijackings in American Airspace. Between 1961 when the first plane was seized and 1972 when Flight 701 was hijacked enroute to Seattle (the event which is central to this book) 159 commercial flights were hijacked in the US.

Hijackings were numerous, almost routine, events. At first most hijackers asked to go to Cuba, but the ease of taking over a flight led to different causes being attracted to this desperate measure - from the Black Panthers to disgruntled members of society. 1972 was the most frenzied year, with 40 hijackings in the US. This book tells the story of those years and the many stories - from the tragic to the bizarre (one couple hijacked a plane accompanied by their baby, ordering a bemused stewardess to crochet the infant a hat when they took control of the aircraft). The book also follows in detail the young couple, a traumatised ex soldier and a party girl, whose ill thought out hijacking of Western Airlines Flight 701 helped lead to airlines finally tightening security.

By 1973 the first airport security queues were in place; travellers gratefully accepting restrictions for greater peace of mind. There were isolated events, but no hijackings in American airspace (obviously there were such hijackings around the world) from 1991. Indeed, security was again viewed as an expensive nuisance until the tragedy of 9/11. However, what makes this book so interesting are the human stories behind the outbreak of hijackings in the early 1970's, when a lone hijacker could easily command a huge audience, and possible financial gain, for their cause.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting both as historical info and as true crime novel, 20 Oct. 2014
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Jacob la Cour (Hellerup, Denmark) - See all my reviews
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This is a fantastic book! It interweaves tales of different skyjackings between 1960 and 1975 with one longer and exciting story about one particular skyjacking from 1971. It is superbly written, reads like a novel, and contains very interesting historical information, which probably will surprise a lot of people. How many will guess that x-ray machines and metal detectors were only introduced in airports by 5 January 1973?
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The Skies Belong to Us: Love and Terror in the Golden Age of Hijacking by Brendan I. Koerner (Paperback - 10 July 2014)
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