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Terror on the airline

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Operation Entebbe     


     Terror on the airline is a topic about the start of a major period in airline hijacking, skyjacking, and terrorism all around the world. Hijacking of airlines has been going on since the 1960s in the U.S. and around the world. Since the late 1960s several hundred airlines have been hijacked or seized by for multiple reasons. Hijackers have been known to kill passengers, crash planes, and even make political demands.[1] There have been many well known hijackings all around the world, and two that have affected the lives of many are Operation Entebbe (see above) and the bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland (see below). Operation Entebbe happened after a France Flight was hijacked and landed in the Ugandan Entebbe Airport. The hijackers held the Jewish passengers as hostages and made a demand to realease 40 Palestinians from captivity. The hijackers said that if their orders were not followed they would kill the hostages. The Israeli government decided to launch an operation called Operation Entebbe to rescue the Jewish hostages from the hijackers. The four hijackers were killed but when the hostages started to board the plane the Ugandan Army started to fire on them. The Israeli operation team fired back and the hostages were able to escape and fly to Paris. Another instance of airline terrorism was the bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland. This happened in 1988 thirty one minutes after the flight took off from London's Heathrow Airport. The airline was bombed over Lockerbie and 259 passengers and crew were killed along with 11 residents of the town. After the bombing it was suspected that Iran or Libya started the incident but there were no clarifications as to the actual culprit.[2]


     Terror on the Airline is a very important topic because it marked the start of terrorism and skyjacking on airlines around the world. This caused us to increase our airport security globally. This topic really caused us to step up the security and check everyone who boards a flight. In 1970 the airlines began a voluntary program to help prevent skyjacking. Then later in 1973 the U.S. started to require an inspection and other security measures to prevent all armed personel from attempting to board an airline.[3] Though more hijackings and airline terrorism have been in effect, the increase in airport security has grown phenomenally over the years. I believe that because of the terrorism and skyjacking that all started in the 1960s we were able discuss and decide to increase our security which is a main reason why I think this topic is significant and has helped us improve. 


     Remains of the bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland


  1. http://www.worldbookonline.com/student/article?id=ar256630&st=air+piracy
  2. http://merkwerk-1964-1989.blogspot.com/2009/06/in-both-1970s-and-1980s-airline.html
  3. http://www.worldbookonline.com/student/article?id=ar256630&st=air+piracy

Comments (3)

Chubby Checkers said

at 4:33 pm on Sep 23, 2010

I think it is incredible that so many airlines could be hijacked in such a short period of time. I also think that the first picture is interesting. I wonder who took that picture

cola wars said

at 4:42 pm on Sep 23, 2010

Wow, I never knew that there had multiple airplane hijackings. I guess that is the reason why it takes so long to get through security at an airport.

russian said

at 2:35 pm on Sep 26, 2010

I heard that another plane Air India, i think, had the exact same thing happen just before this one. I also heard that the bombs placed on these planes are set to explode at a certain altitude, and the second flight after it was placed on the plane. Nice job! You took your time and it has positive results!

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