Microkhan by Brendan I. Koerner

Knife Tricks

January 25th, 2013 · 2 Comments

Skyjacker Knife TrickThe effervescent young lady above worked for an early manufacturer of handheld metal detectors. Here she shows a Congressional panel how the skyjackers of the the late 1960s managed to sneak knives aboard planes, even when selected for manual frisking by airline employees.

From my very nascent collection of skyjacking-related images, tied into the forthcoming release of that project y’all will be surely sick of hearing come June. Apologies—at least until there’s only a month to go before publication, I’ll try and limit these posts to one-per-week. Deal?


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  • Chris Labarthe

    Did you know that the airport patdown technique was invented by the great Cuban-Norwegian public safety pioneer Manuel Frisking?

  • Brendan I. Koerner

    @Chris Labarthe: Yes, there is a golden statue of him right outside the Dushanbe airport. He is beloved there, for reasons I can’t possibly fathom.