We tend to forget how big a thing this was. Here’s a compelling tumblr from the golden age of airline hijacking. Note the comparatively relaxed way in which all concerned took the prospect of assorted crooks, maniacs and inadequates waving guns around in confined, pressurised spaces at high altitude. Everyone joined in the fun:
When the plane landed in San Jose, Costa Rica, to refuel, it was surrounded by 200 soldiers who shot out its tires. Costa Rica’s president, Jose “Don Pepe” Figueres, came to the airport with a submachine gun in hand and participated in the ensuing assault on the plane, which began with a tear-gas barrage.
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