Episode 25: Eastern Airlines Shuttle Flight 1320

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In the late 1960s, airplane hijackings were regarded as mere inconviences to both passengers and crew. Usually, those incidents ended with a flight to Cuba and free drinks for passengers. But, on St. Patrick's Day 1970, as Eastern Airlines Shuttle Flight 1320 headed back to Boston for its final leg, a man with a gun changed how pilots, passengers, and the world responded to hijackings, forever changing airport security.

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Show Notes:

As we start this episode, we talk about a story from LAX involving a man and a jetpack. Jetpacks near airports are unsafe... but we're both a little jealous someone out there has one.


Written and produced by: Shelly Price and Stephanie Hubka
Directed and engineered by: Crosse deStreit, Salmon Pond Studios
Sound editing by: Stephanie Hubka
Graphic design and website by: Adam Hubka
Music by: Mike Dunn
Eastern Airlines Shuttle Flight 1320

An Eastern Air Lines DC-9 similar to the plane involved. Source: Wikipedia

Eastern Airlines Shuttle Flight 1320

The flight attendants onboard Flight 1320 (L-R: Sandy Saltzer, Christine Peterson, and Arlene Albino). Photo credit Elizabeth Jones, Globe File

First Officer James Hartley, Jr on the left. Photo credit: AP

Captain Robert “Bob” M. Wilbur, Jr.