What Was the Deal With That ‘Loki’ Plane Scene?
A 1970s airplane hijacking was revealed in the Loki season premiere as one of Loki’s (Tom Hiddleston) most mischievous exploits. But, for anyone unfamiliar with the D.B. Cooper incident from the Marvel series, here’s a rundown of what happened on that plane.
[Warning: This article includes spoilers for the first episode of the Loki series.]
The plane sequence in ‘Loki’ reveals a memory from Loki’s past.
Loki, the God of Mischief, is apprehended by the Time Variance Authority in the first episode. Agent Mobius (Owen Wilson) presents Loki a highlight reel of his life’s best hits in the time theater.
A clean-cut, well dressed Loki hijacks an airliner and then gets off with a suitcase full of cash in one scenario. “Come on, I can’t believe you’re D.B. Cooper!” Mobius exclaims ecstatically.
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Loki responds, “I was young, and I lost a bet to Thor,” emphasizing that the TVA did nothing to halt his earlier meddling.
So, who is D.B. Cooper, exactly?
The Loki plane scenario is a homage to one of the most enduring mysteries of the 1970s. An anonymous guy posing as Dan Cooper boarded a Northwest Orient Airlines trip from Portland to Seattle in November 1971, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The man handed an air hostess a note midway through the journey, revealing he had a bomb. Four parachutes and $200,000 in cash were among his demands.
The man exchanged all 36 passengers for money and parachutes when the plane arrived in Seattle. He stayed on board with a few crew members and requested that the plane fly to Mexico City.
The hijacker donned a parachute and leapt out of the plane with the bag of cash once the plane was in the air.