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.
Neil Swidey, The Boston Globe: 'You don't understand, Captain. He has a gun': The hijacking of Flight 1320. An Eastern Airlines shuttle to Boston 50 years ago started out routine. It ended up changing how America flies. March 20, 2020
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
An Eastern Air Lines DC-9 similar to the plane involved. Source: Wikipedia
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