I want to touch on this comment by Hey Skipper
The common strategy prior to 9/11 was to accede to hijacker demands in order to ensure passenger safety.
How do I know? I was flying for a passenger airline then.
You will, of course, remember hijackings where airplanes flew all over heck and gone, and had hijackers in the cockpit all the while.
After 9/11, the common strategy changed completely. No matter how many pax are getting killed in back, the crew will take the airplane to the closest suitable airport where it will be met with armed force.
Has anyone else noticed how many fewer hijackings have occurred since this change? Another one for the pacifism kills files.