• Short Summary

    With the number of hijackings between 1969 and 1971 standing at 220 aircraft involving some 20,000 passengers, many of the speakers at the opening of the conference of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in London on Monday (25 September) were naturally concerned with finding ways of halting this menace.

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    With the number of hijackings between 1969 and 1971 standing at 220 aircraft involving some 20,000 passengers, many of the speakers at the opening of the conference of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in London on Monday (25 September) were naturally concerned with finding ways of halting this menace.

    Mr. Knut Hammarskjold, Director General of the Association, put the responsibility for stopping the hijacker firmly on governments, who, he said, are better equipped to deal with it than the airlines themselves.

    In turn, Britain's Prime Minister, Mr. Edward Heath, stressed the need for international action to deal with 'the perpetrators of these hideous crimes.' He said that Britain's government was spending a million pounds sterling a year (2.4 million dollars) on improving airport security.

    Some indication of how much improvement is needed was shown in a press report out today (25 September), which said that three men carrying Luger pistols in shoulder holsters had no difficulty in boarding an aircraft at Speke Airport in Liverpool.

    The men were from the city's department of Recreation and Open Spaces. The Lugers - metal replicas. Their purpose had been to demonstrate gaps in security to the Government.

    SYNOPSIS: The Annual General Meeting of the International Air Transport Association opened in London on Monday, with a call for greater security at airports, and cheaper air fares for ordinary passengers.

    The three hundred delegates, from over one hundred of the worlds airlines, were met by an anti-hijacking demonstration by flight crew workers from Air India.

    Meanwhile, inside Grosvenor House, delegates had plenty of their own problems to keep them busy.

    British Prime Minister Edward Heath spoke of the 'heinous crime' of hijacking. And the Association's Director General, Knut Hammarskjold said:-

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA5ZBF4TZUKGFWL25V18L8VAHYR
    Media URN:
    VLVA5ZBF4TZUKGFWL25V18L8VAHYR
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/09/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:39:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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