CUBA: Havana-Bound

An epidemic of skyjackings

It seems a throwback to the air piracy of the late 1960s, when skyjackings steered dozens of planes to Cuba. The motive now, as it often was then, is homesickness. Last week six commercial U.S. airliners were hijacked and forced to fly to Havana, apparently by Cuban refugees who had come to the U.S. on the recent Freedom Flotilla. First, a Key Westbound Air Florida 737 with 33 people aboard was commandeered by a Spanish-speaking man wielding a "bomb" that turned out to be a box containing a bar of soap. Next, another Air Florida 737, headed...