The friendly skies were never the same after the 1970s. Radicals began hijacking planes as political retribution and even more common, unhinged assailants held passengers and crew hostage for ransom money – including some daring escapes by parachute at lethal speeds and altitude. A terrific excerpt from Brendan I. Koerner’s book about hijackers tells the story on Longreads.
In Other News
A bartender became a viral hit when he shoveled the Boston Marathon finish line during this week’s storm – Runner’s World
Pumping iron is key to making sure you don’t regain lost weight – The New York Times
A wily treasure hunter was captured in Florida after two years on the lam – The San Francisco Chronicle
How the plunging Canadian dollar could take the NHL with it – The Globe and Mail
A man explains his insatiable craving for amputation – New York Magazine
Cover shot: NFL helmet art – USA Today Sports Images