Rejected ideas for preventing airline highjackings

Spoiler alert: metal detectors became the preferred method.

But before there were metal detectors at airports, two options for preventing hijackings were:

  1. Build a phony airport in south Florida.
  2. Give all the passengers boxing gloves, because people who were boxing gloves can’t hold guns.

Two hundred people wearing boxing gloves in cramped quarters for multiple hours. What could go wrong?

This is from the excellent 99% Invisible podcast.


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