Egypt Hijacking Without Passenger Deaths Fits Post-9/11 Pattern

  • No civilians killed on seized jets since 2001 attacks on U.S.
  • EgyptAir assailant falsely claimed to have belt of explosives

The remaining passengers on the hijacked EgyptAir Airbus A-320, which was diverted to Cyprus, run on the tarmac after leaving the plane as the hijacker surrendered to security forces after a standoff on March 29, 2016.

Photographer: George Michael/AFP via Getty Images

The casualty-free conclusion to the hijacking of an EgyptAir jetliner Tuesday is typical of such incidents since security was tightened after the 9/11 attacks on the U.S., with most would-be hostage takers now proving to be unarmed.

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