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Drunk Busted for Bali Hijack Scare

Alert was issued after he tried to break into cockpit

(Newser) - A drunken passenger who caused a hijack scare on a Virgin Australia flight today by trying to break into the cockpit was arrested after the plane landed on Indonesia's resort island of Bali. The Australian passenger acted aggressively and began pounding on the cockpit door before being handcuffed by... More »

Co-Pilot Hijacks Plane, Demands Asylum

All Ethiopian Airlines passengers safe after Geneva landing

(Newser) - An Ethiopian Airlines plane was hijacked early today by its own co-pilot, who was seeking asylum in Switzerland. The co-pilot locked himself in the cockpit when the pilot went to the toilet, and flew the Boeing 767-300—which had taken off from Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa and was headed to... More »

Pilot Tricked Ukraine Hijacker

He landed in Istanbul, announced it was Sochi

(Newser) - When a Ukraine passenger aboard a Turkish passenger plane announced that he had a bomb yesterday and ordered the plane to fly to Sochi, the pilot pulled a fast one, reports Radio Free Europe . He pretended to oblige but brought the plane down at an airport in Istanbul instead. Upon... More »

Amsterdam Airport Closed by Bomb—From WWII

Schiphol also deals with a false hijacking report

(Newser) - It's been a relatively crazy day at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport, which has had to deal with a bomb threat—straight out of World War II—and a hijacking ... that apparently never happened.
  • Terminal C and part of Terminal D were shuttered today after construction workers found something unusual
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2 Suspects Dead After Foiled China Hijacking

But Uighur rights group says it wasn't a hijacking at all

(Newser) - A pair of accused hijackers have died following a foiled attempt to take control of a plane in China's Xinjiang region, state media says. Six Uighur men were arrested Friday in the incident, in which suspects wielding explosives used a crutch to pummel the cockpit door. Four crew members... More »

Passengers, Crew Foil China Hijacking

Six suspects detained

(Newser) - A hijacking attempt on a Chinese plane was foiled today by passengers and crew just after departure, the AP reports, citing state media. The Tianjin Airlines plane had taken off from the remote city of Hotan in the restive far-western region of Xinjiang, and returned there safely 22 minutes later.... More »

Russian Jet Vanishes Mid-Flight

It may have crashed or been hijacked: Indonesian officials

(Newser) - A Russian Sukhoi SuperJet-100 disappeared during a demonstration flight in Indonesia today, vanishing from radar screens while it was still at high altitudes and failing to land at its appointed time. The plane was last heard from when it requested, and was granted, permission to descend from 10,000 feet... More »

Utah Man Arrested in 'Kill Obama' Prank

Says hijacking note he put in pal's luggage was just a joke

(Newser) - A 31-year-old man from Utah is facing a federal charge after he allegedly left an apparent prank note that included the words "hijack plane" and "kill Obama" in his co-worker's luggage. Jeremiah Douglas Hill, of Clinton, was charged yesterday with one misdemeanor count of making a false... More »

Mark Wahlberg: I'd Have Stopped 9/11 Hijacking

Says he would have prevented plane from hitting World Trade Center

(Newser) - Men's Journal has a profile of Mark Wahlberg in its February issue, and one quote in particular is generating some buzz: He says that if he were on one of the 9/11 planes that hit the World Trade Center, things would have been different:
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Weird Airplane Security Risk: Pilots' Bathroom Breaks

Cockpit doors are secure, until they get opened

(Newser) - Cockpit doors these days can withstand the mightiest of charges, but they're still vulnerable because of a very human reason: Pilots need to go to the bathroom. That means the door gets opened during flights, and even those brief few seconds are enough for determined hijackers to get inside,... More »

DNA No Match, DB Cooper Still a Mystery

Testing turns up no link between new suspect, Cooper's tie

(Newser) - DNA testing has failed to establish a link between a new suspect in the DB Cooper case and the man who vanished after hijacking a plane 40 years ago, the FBI says. DNA from family members of the suspect, who died 10 years ago, failed to match any of the... More »

Woman Says DB Cooper Was Her Uncle

Actually, his name was Lynn Doyle Cooper, says Marla Cooper

(Newser) - Marla Cooper (yes, Cooper) says she knows the true identity of "skyjacker" DB Cooper: His name was Lynn Doyle Cooper, known to family members as LD, and he was her uncle, Marla tells ABC News . She recalls a suspicious conversation between LD and another uncle she overheard as an... More »

Hot Lead in DB Cooper Case

FBI comparing suspect's fingerprints with those found on plane

(Newser) - Forty years later, the FBI just might be closer to nailing the bold hijacker who parachuted, scot-free, from a plane with $200,000 in ransom. Officials say they have their "most promising" lead yet in the decades-long search for DB Cooper. A suspect's name and an unrevealed piece... More »

Staff, Passengers Subdue Would-Be Paris Hijacker

Kazakhstan man holds knife to flight attendant's throat

(Newser) - Flight staff and passengers tackled and subdued a would-be hijacker yesterday after he held a small knife to the throat of a flight attendant and ordered an Alitalia flight from Paris to fly to Tripoli. The plane and all 131 passengers landed safely in Rome. The attacker was identified as... More »

Turkish Airline Passengers Foil Hijack Attempt

Passengers subdue man who claimed to have bomb

(Newser) - Passengers on a Turkish Airlines flight from Oslo to Istanbul tackled a man who claimed to have a bomb and tried to force his way into the cockpit. The man—who donned a ski mask and ordered the captain to return to Norway as the flight began its descent into... More »

We Didn't Always Flip Out Over Terrorism

Before 9/11, we handled this better

(Newser) - Imagine this: Muslim terrorists hijack a jet and hold it hostage for two weeks. Simultaneously, a bomb blows up a 747 in midair, killing 300-plus people. Months later, a US airliner is bombed over Greece. Five months after that, terrorists kill 20 aboard a US plane in Pakistan. All of... More »

NY-Bound Flight Grounded After Hijack Scare

Threatening call deemed 'non-credible'

(Newser) - American Airlines Flight 24 from San Francisco to New York was grounded last night after a caller threatened to hijack the plane. Authorities now say the threat was "non-credible," though the "suspicious male" behind the scare has not been identified, notes CNN . After the call, the plane... More »

Hijack Plot Triggers India Terror Alert

India steps up airport security after hijack plot uncovered

(Newser) - India has issued a terror alert and stepped up airport security after intelligence agencies discovered a plot by militants linked to al-Qaeda to hijack an Air India plane bound for a neighboring South Asian country, AP reports. The threat was uncovered during the interrogation of a militant leader captured last... More »

Faster Full-Body Scans Coming to Airports

New machines could replace metal detectors

(Newser) - In the wake of last week's attempted attack on a Detroit-bound flight, security companies say they're working on new body-scanning machines that search out threats like plastic explosives in an instant and could replace airport metal detectors. Similar scanners are used today at 19 US airports, but they take a... More »

System to Protect Air Travelers Is Broken

Latest attempt reveals fundamental flaws, Eugene Robinson writes

(Newser) - The attempted Christmas Day airliner attack reveals deep flaws in the security systems meant to prevent such incidents, Eugene Robinson writes in the Washington Post . We're "under the impression that removing our shoes at the airport and limiting ourselves to those tiny, trial-size containers of toothpaste…are enough,"... More »

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