(CNN) — “He has pulled a hand-grenade pin and is ready to blow up the aircraft if necessary. We must, I repeat, we must land at Beirut.” The hijacking of TWA Flight 847 on June 14, 1985, sent the world reeling. It was a drawn-out horror show travel agent from Houston, Texas, watched as the scenes played out on rolling news coverage. As she did, Walker realized it was to act on an idea she’d had a few years back., which saw Americans singled out for beatings by their Hezbollah kidnappers and the cold-blooded murder of United States Navy diver Robert Dean Stethem. Like millions of others, Donna Walker, a former
“It’s not counterfeit; it’s camouflage.”
“It’s not counterfeit; it’s camouflage,” Walker insisted. And apparently, the State Department had no beef with US citizens carrying the passports, either.
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Camouflage passports today
So what became of the camouflage passport — are they still in circulation now? As late as 2007, Barney Brantingham of the Santa Barbara Independent claimed camouflage passport kits — complete with a counterfeit driver’s license or other ID — could be sourced on the internet for $400 to $1,000. Fast forward 14 years, and finding them isn’t so straightforward. There are no International Documents Services anymore, no bona fide-looking website openly selling camouflage passports.