ESCAPE to WEST BERLIN

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

BERLIN HIJACKINGS

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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