Forty years ago, the phrase "Take me to Cuba" had become a running joke. In January of 1969 alone, there were eight planes hijacked to Cuba. The late-'60s and early-'70s spate of radicals, homesick Cubans and the unbalanced hijacking planes to the communist island, led the country to expand its airstrip to accommodate the influx of appropriated jetliners. Hijackers were hosted at the "Casa de Tránsitos" (Hijacker's House) and passengers on the hijacked planes were given a promotional tour of the socialist island and sent home with Cuban rum and cigars. Cuba also made a nice bit of pocket money by charging the hijacked airline exorbitant fees for landings as well as for the passengers' food... More >>>
Johan Grimonprez and Rony Vissers
Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y features footage of Palestinian hijacker Leila Khaled.