• Short Summary

    As airline pilots around the world threatened strike action unless there's international action to combat hijacking, a negro reporter in Chicago set out to test existing security measures against hijackers at a couple of big American airports.

  • Description

    As airline pilots around the world threatened strike action unless there's international action to combat hijacking, a negro reporter in Chicago set out to test existing security measures against hijackers at a couple of big American airports.

    The National Broadcasting Company reports packed a bag full of metal, to simulate weapons, and added the latest refinement in air piracy -- a parachute. At Chicago's ???, the reporter got an official estimate of his chances of pulling off a hijacking. He questioned an airline official:
    Nevertheless, armed with his hardware and parachute, the reporter succeeded in slipping through the security network and catching a flight to Detroit. His commentary is transcribed below. An alternative, more general commentary is provided overleaf.

    SYNOPSIS: In Chicago, a potential hijacker adds a parachute to a bagful of hardware and sets out for nearby O'Hare airport to pit his wits against the much-publicised airport security system. First, he asks an official about his chances:
    So our hijacker -- a reporter with the National Broadcasting Company -- set out to put O'Hare's security to the test. after picking up his ticket, he has able to get past the ground crewmen and the pilot doing a pre-flight check. No-one asked about his bag, he didn't have to pass through a metal detector and he was soon safely on a flight to Detroit.

    Disembarking, the potential hijacker continued to move freely through security checks. Yet at the same time, airline pilots around the world were threatening to strike unless their was United Nations actin against air piracy. As a final test of security, the National Broadcasting Company reporter asked a booking clerk what was the next flight out -- a typical stratagem of hijackers. He got his information and another ticket. And, still armed with his hardware and parachute, was able to board another flight. Airport security had been put to the test and had failed badly.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAENGAX7HJW51AX8GVGY37X4HAH
    Media URN:
    VLVAENGAX7HJW51AX8GVGY37X4HAH
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/06/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:42:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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