Airlines: In Los Angeles, See No Evil

In Los Angeles, See No Evil

Dressed in combat fatigues and a bomber jacket, Cuban-born Pedro Rene Comas- Banos apparently slipped past American Airlines security in Los Angeles International Airport on Memorial Day weekend carrying a starter's pistol, two knives and a pair of scissors. Soon after, he forced a Miami-bound 727 to head for Havana. Pleading that the plane was running out of fuel, the pilot landed in Florida, where, after 90 minutes of negotiation with the FBI, the hijacker surrendered.

How did this former mental patient get past the checkpoints? The screening devices were inspected and found to be working properly. "We really have no...

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