New York Times

August 02 1971


Stringent Precautions Prevent Hijackings in Pakistan

By Malcolm W. Browne

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DACCA, Pakistan, Aug. 1— Pakistan's airliners do not get hijacked or sabotaged. A typical half‐hour flight with in strife‐torn East Pakistan shows why.

Checked luggage was opened and examined carefully by security agents. All passengers were relieved of their cameras and, unless they objected strenuously, of their flight bags and brief cases.

Male passengers were then lined up and thoroughly searched by soldiers. Pocket knives, umbrellas and other potential weapons were confiscated. Fountain pens were scrutinized: Pakistani tribesmen make pistols designed to look like pens.

Women passengers were taken to a room for a body search by an airline stewardess.

Stewardesses here double as security agents, and passengers often grumble that they seem better suited to prison work than airline jobs.

After those flight bags retained by their owners had been thoroughly searched again, passengers were permitted to walk out to the aircraft, but still another army inspection team awaited them.


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