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What To Do In A Hijacking
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Hijacking is extremely rare, but it does happen. It is well to consider how you should react if you end up being in the wrong place
at the wrong time.
The physical takeover of the aircraft by the hijackers may be accompanied by noise, commotion, and possibly shooting and
yelling, or it may be quiet and methodical with little more than an announcement by a crew member. Either way, how you and
others react during these ﬁrst few minutes of the hijacking may be crucial to the outcome.
The guidance below focuses on avoiding violence and achieving a peaceful resolution to a hijacking. This guidance was
developed prior to September 11, 2001 when two hijacked airliners were ﬂown into the World Trade Center and one into the
Pentagon. Since then, there has been considerable public discussion of a more active and aggressive reaction to the initial
announcement that a plane is being hijacked. As of this writing, the U.S. Government has not developed new guidelines for how
to react to a hijacking. The appropriate reaction may depend upon the presumed purpose of the hijacking — the hijackers’ goal a
suicide mission to use the airplane itself as a bomb, take hostages to gain publicity for a political movement, or a simple desire to
escape to another country.
Remember that the hijackers will be extremely nervous and probably as scared as you are. Although they may...