Behavior: Bringing Skyjackers Down to Earth

Strong, masculine, idealistic and politically radical. Those are the characteristics usually attributed to a familiar figure of the air age: the skyjacker. But that image is unrealistic, according to Dallas Psychiatrist David G. Hubbard. Actually, he says, the typical skyjacker is unsuccessful, effeminate, generally apolitical, and physically as well as emotionally immature.

In the current American Medical Association newsletter Update, Hubbard describes his interviews with more than 40 aerial hijackers who had been caught. Hubbard found his subjects sexually passive: "I've yet to meet a skyjacker who ever seduced a woman." Although hijackers...

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