CRIME: Holding Up an Industry

"Hijacking mostly for political purposes appears to be fading. We're now confronted with something else, probably even more dangerous: extortion. We're in a new and very dangerous phase."

That ominous and prescient prediction made last month by Federal Aviation Administrator John Shaffer came all too true last week, the most frightening that U.S. aviation has ever known. The episode began with a call to Trans World Airlines by a man who called himself Gomez. He directed officials to a Kennedy Airport locker containing it note saying that there were bombs on four...

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