SKYJACKING: The Hard New Line

One of the most dismaying consequences of the spectacular manic act is that it breeds more mania. The current case in point is skyjacking, which has seemed to proceed this year at an almost exponential rate (see box, next page). Last week's dismaying tally: four major attempts, three within the U.S., all involving U.S. commercial aircraft.

> One hour out of Saigon, Nguyen Thai-Binh, 24, a South Vietnamese returning home from studies at the University of Washington, took command of a Pan American 747 jumbojet and ordered the pilot to fly him to Hanoi. Thai-Binh's U.S. Government scholarship had been...