Making the Skies Unfriendly

The FAA moves against Cuba-bound hijackers

Northwest Airlines Flight 714, bound from Tampa to Miami, was barely ten minutes off the ground when a slightly built man in a baseball cap, brandishing a hunting knife, wrestled a stewardess into the seat next to him and demanded that the plane go to Cuba. The captain of the Boeing 727 dutifully changed course. Across the aisle, Miami Cargo Shipper Dewey Parker silently signaled to Blake Bell, the passenger in the window seat next to the hostage stewardess. "On the count of three, he grabbed the hijacker's...

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