World: Can the Hijackers Be Halted?

The two Palestinian guerrillas who forced down TWA Flight 840 in Damascus may well have pulled off much more than the 46th reported hijacking of the year. The ease with which they commandeered the plane and the apparent immunity that they enjoyed in Syria suggest that air piracy is becoming a standard and almost absurdly routine tactic. The chilling fact is that no country or airline anywhere can feel safe from a group that wants a dramatic way to publicize its grievances.

In the case of TWA 840, most activity focused on freeing two Israeli passengers who were detained in Damascus. The...

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