D.B. Cooper Hijacking
Profile America — Friday, November 25th. A major news story on this date 40 years ago concerned the brazen hijacking the day before of an airliner on the West Coast by a man calling himself “D.B. Cooper.” After collecting $200,000 in ransom, the man parachuted from the plane over a wilderness area south of Seattle. He was never seen again, although some of the money was found years later near Vancouver, Washington. Now, airport security is on a scale unimagined in 1971. More than 741 million passengers are screened before being allowed to board their flights each year. This process uncovers 6.5 million prohibited items annually, mostly lighters and knives. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at <www.census.gov>.
Sources: Chase’s Calendar of Events 2011, p. 572
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2012, t. 536