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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 1968 airlines believed that the occasional hijacking was somehow more preferable than the prospect of using metal detectors to screen passengers. It cost about $20,000 to bring a hijacked plane back to the US, which was less than what they estimated the cost of losing customers if screening became mandatory for every flight.

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