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The hijack that wasn't: How hijack scares on flights have become a new normal

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It has now become a popular social media joke that millennials don’t know they can fly in and out of a city, without posting a message on social media.

In the post-9/11 time, this sounds funny — until this social media frenzy takes recourse to ‘hijack scares’, delaying flights for hours.

But are we sacred by such news? Are we amused? No. We just nonchalantly turn the newspaper page over.

In such a ‘normal’ occurrence, a 21-year-old male passenger of a Kolkata-Mumbai Jet Airways plane was recently taken into custody after he covered his face with a handkerchief to pose as a ‘terrorist’ — and send out that photo on WhatsApp.

According to reports, he had a cheesy caption ready as well: “Terrorist on flight. I destroy women’s hearts.”

Clearly, the person was quite sure about his targets. Just the medium and the method to reach those were left aghast.

We don’t know whom to blame more — social media addiction, too much frivolousness, or Bollywood movies for teaching us that a handkerchief is enough to become a terrorist!

Such hijack scares in fact abound.

No, a plane hijack is not a joke. (Reuters photo of the Indian Airlines Kandahar........

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