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Old 02-17-2014, 05:52 AM
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Ethiopian Air Co-Pilot Hijacks Own Plane Seeking Swiss Asylum - Businessweek
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Old 02-17-2014, 07:18 AM
 
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This is a new one, where the co pilot hijacks the plane. I didn't read the complete article but I wonder how far it got before it was hijacked.
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Old 02-17-2014, 10:04 AM
 
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He got to Geneva Switzerland.

What I find odd.... Is a Co/Pilot of a 767 once he got to Rome (or any other city his airline goes to in a 767, or Jump seat in Company Plane to anywhere on there network) , could just leave, and Jump Seat on any plane going to Switzerland.

Whole thing is just odd.

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Old 02-17-2014, 08:11 PM
 
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Italy has extradition agreements with Ethiopia and most other african nations, Switzerland does not, mainly because it is land locked. The only real way to get asylum is to land there via airplane. The co-pilot knew what he was doing. Italy, France and Spain has many asylum seekers arriving by boat from Northern Africa. If he had landed in Milan, Italy could get him back from Switzerland then Ethiopia can get him back from Italy. That's why he couldn't simply just go from Italy to Switzerland and have a chance at asylum. Since Switzerland and Ethiopia have no extradition agreement and he orignated in Ethiopia. he stays in Switzerland. Pretty brilliant plan. When he's 50 he will be able to enjoy Swiss citizenship.

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Old 02-17-2014, 08:16 PM
 
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Thanks for the info Andy, until I read your post I didn't understand why he didn't just "jump ship" there in Rome and be done with it.

I still think he's fouled his nest to some extent though by comandeering the plane, kind of creates an undesirable first impression.
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Old 02-18-2014, 06:36 AM
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Italy has extradition agreements with Ethiopia and most other african nations, Switzerland does not, mainly because it is land locked. The only real way to get asylum is to land there via airplane. The co-pilot knew what he was doing. Italy, France and Spain has many asylum seekers arriving by boat from Northern Africa. If he had landed in Milan, Italy could get him back from Switzerland then Ethiopia can get him back from Italy. That's why he couldn't simply just go from Italy to Switzerland and have a chance at asylum. Since Switzerland and Ethiopia have no extradition agreement and he orignated in Ethiopia. he stays in Switzerland. Pretty brilliant plan. When he's 50 he will be able to enjoy Swiss citizenship.
Although he could spending several years in a Swiss prison for the crime of hijacking a plane.
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Old 02-18-2014, 06:40 AM
 
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Although he could spending several years in a Swiss prison for the crime of hijacking a plane.
He can't lose, can he? A Swiss prison will afford him a higher standard of living than in his home country as a free man.
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Old 02-18-2014, 06:27 PM
 
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This will have the TSA in a tizzy. I'm sure they'll use this to once again force screenings of pilots.
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Old 02-19-2014, 06:19 AM
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This will have the TSA in a tizzy. I'm sure they'll use this to once again force screenings of pilots.
Maybe yes and perhaps not as it happened outside the USA on a non-American carrier.
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Old 02-19-2014, 10:49 AM
 
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Italy has extradition agreements with Ethiopia and most other african nations, Switzerland does not, mainly because it is land locked. The only real way to get asylum is to land there via airplane. The co-pilot knew what he was doing. Italy, France and Spain has many asylum seekers arriving by boat from Northern Africa. If he had landed in Milan, Italy could get him back from Switzerland then Ethiopia can get him back from Italy. That's why he couldn't simply just go from Italy to Switzerland and have a chance at asylum. Since Switzerland and Ethiopia have no extradition agreement and he orignated in Ethiopia. he stays in Switzerland. Pretty brilliant plan. When he's 50 he will be able to enjoy Swiss citizenship.
Thanks for the explanation. I still have got to believe that there is a better way to seek asylum than to hijack an airplane. Sounds like what you are saying is that if he entered Switzerland legally, he couldn't seek asylum? If so, it is pretty dumb for a country to have such a policy that would encourage breaking the law.
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