The World: On the Aggressive Defensive

The events that led to Entebbe, the Israelis say, reaffirm an argument they have made for years: skyjackings will continue unless foreign airlines become as cautious as Israel's own El Al. They note that only one El Al plane was ever successfully skyjacked. That was in 1968, and the airline has been on the "aggressive defensive" ever since.

The Israelis say they spend $ 15 million a year on various measures to maintain El Al's security. On the ground, El Al is more demanding than most airlines in screening passengers for the traits and psychological characteristics —nervousness, one-way tickets—that fit the skyjacker's...

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