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Ishmael Muslim Ali is the American convicted of murdering eight people on a Rockefeller-owned golf course in the US Virgin Islands. After years of trying to get his conviction overturned, he took matters into his own hands and hijacked an American Airlines plane full of passengers to Cuba on New Years Eve 1984, and got away with it. Until now.


In September,1970 a Skyjacking “tax” was proposed to pay for sky marshals, to monitor flights. The airlines were furious that these marshals would need to be funded by increasing the tax on each domestic ticket by half a percent, and on each international flight by 2 dollars. By December the lobbyists pressured government to scrap the tax.

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