The Nation: A Disarming Captain

The public jitters over skyjacking have increased to the point that airline business is suffering. Last week two of the companies, TWA and American, announced that they will begin the searching of all the carry-on luggage of passengers boarding each of their flights. The drive to keep guns off aircraft is getting tougher—and it does not seem to matter who is carrying them.

That point was illustrated when a National Airlines 727 braked to a halt at Miami Airport while taxiing for takeoff to Washington. The captain told four men in the first-class compartment that they would have to either surrender their...

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