Aircraft of Poland’s national airline LOT could not normally land at Tempelhof airport while Berlin was divided — but when they were hijacked, as happened repeatedly, it was a different story


Even today, some Berliners fluent in the city’s dialect, Berlinerisch, recall the joke. The name of Poland’s national airline LOT, it went, stood for ‘Landet ooch Tempelhof ’ — ‘Also lands at Tempelhof ’. After all, the sight of hijacked LOT airliners on the tarmac at West Berlin’s historic airport was, in the late 1970s and early ’80s, quite a familiar one.

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