: New: Book Report: The Skies Belong To Us

It's a book about Roger Holder, Cathy Kerkow, and other skyjackers of 1972 and thereabouts. Then, as now, someone mentally-unhinged seeking fame could get media coverage by threatening many lives in some "soft target". Nowadays, they'd shoot up a school. But back in the 1960s, anyone could walk onto a plane with a weapon; and in 1972, any passenger could plausibly bluff that they'd snuck a weapon aboard. Skyjackers got plenty of media coverage. Successful skyjackers inspired copycats. Maybe unsuccessful skyjackers encouraged "oh, let me show you how to do it right" copycats-into-oneupmanship.

This book was chock-full of interesting bits.

Then, as in 2001, there was a lot of "Something must be done; this is something" legislation. With hindsight, we can see that some of it made sense and some of it didn't. If you're a security-thinker or a systems-thinker, it's interesting to read about airline policies and new laws and how bad guys worked around them.

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