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The hijacking of U.S. aircraft – like the three hijacked in 1970 by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – made it impossible for American policymakers to ignore the threat. Bettmann/Getty Images

D.B. Cooper, the changing nature of hijackings and the foundation for today’s airport security

From 1968 to 1974, US airlines experienced 130 hijackings. But it was Cooper’s hijacking-as-extortion plot that captured the public’s imagination – and inspired a copycat crime wave.
Airlines experienced their worst year on record in 2020, with passenger numbers down by 60 per cent compared to 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Air traffic control funding model ravaged by pandemic as industry struggles to recover

The COVID-19 pandemic has been unlike any crisis, both in terms of depth and duration, and has damaged the aviation industry more than most sectors.
A passenger looks for his luggage among a pile of unclaimed baggage at Pierre Elliott Trudeau airport in Montreal, on June 29. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Air Canada flight reductions: FAQs about the chaos in the airline industry

What’s behind the chaos at airports across Europe and North America? An airline industry expert explains the problems that have resulted in delays and cancelled flights.
The $1 trillion bill was a heavy lift for Speaker Nancy Pelosi (center). Next up: the budget reconciliation bill known as Build Back Better. Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

Congress passes $1T infrastructure bill – but how does the government go about spending that much money?

The government uses a process called public procurement. A professor of public policy explains how the process works and how it is increasingly used to achieve social goals.
Mehran Karimi Nasseri sits among his belongings in a 2004 photograph taken at Charles de Gaulle Airport, where he lived for nearly 18 years. Eric Fougere/VIP Images/Corbis via Getty Images

How some people can end up living at airports for months – even years – at a time

Some do so of their own accord, using airport amenities to meet their basic needs. Others, however, would rather be anywhere else – and find themselves at the mercy of bureaucratic wrangling.
Chicago’s O'Hare and other U.S. airports remain largely empty despite increased mask wearing and other measures to prevent COVID-19 spread. AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh

Airlines got travelers comfortable about flying again once before – but 9/11 and a virus are a lot different

Airlines and airports reacted quickly after 9/11 to put new procedures in place that overcame passengers’ newfound fears of flying. An aviation historian explains why it may be harder to so today.
A British Columbia motorist approaches the U.S. port of entry into Blaine, Wash., at a very quiet Douglas-Peace Arch border crossing on the day Ottawa and Washington announced the Canada-U.S. border will be closed to non-essential traffic because of the COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Coronavirus: Canada-U.S. border closure, other travel restrictions undermine our values

Canada’s ban on foreign travellers is not consistent with the science of the pandemic or Canada’s own values of inclusion and openness to outsiders.

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