News @ Noon: A Look At the Golden Age Of Hijackings In The U.S. [AUDIO]
UNDATED – There was a time in this country when hijackings were almost a daily news event.
Today (Thursday) on the News @ Noon show, we talked with author Brendan Koerner about his book “The Skies Belong To Us: Love and Terror In The Golden Age Of Hijacking“.
Koerner says between 1968 and 1972 there were at least 130 hijackings in American airspace. During that time, there was virtually no security in most airports.
Koerner’s book features the story of the hijacking of Western Airlines Flight 701 in June of 1972. A young boyfriend and girlfriend, Roger Holder and Cathy Kerkow, hijacked a plane and wanted to go to North Vietnam, but ended up in Algiers with a half-million dollars in ransom.
Click on the audio player below to listen to the interview with author Brendan Koerner: