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Working titles for the film were Hijacked and Airborne. The credits included the following written acknowledgment: "Boeing 707 Intercontinental Jet provided by the world-wide World Airways." An onscreen statement indicated that location sequences were "photographed in the skies over the United States, the Pacific Ocean and the Oakland Metropolitan International Airport."
Although several news item reported that Skyjacked marked Leslie Uggams' film debut, she had a small role in the 1962 M-G-M production Two Weeks in Another Town (see below). Skyjacked marked the film debut of actress Susan Dey, who became best known for her work on television in such popular series as The Partridge Family in the early 1970s and L.A. Law from the mid-1980s to early 1990s. Skyjacked also marked the motion picture debut of Roosevelt "Rosey" Grier, a former defensive tackle for the New York Giants and Los Angeles Rams (1955-1966). After the end of his football career, Grier served as a bodyguard to the Kennedy family and made numerous television appearances, including starring in his own variety show.
An August 1972 Variety news item states that the Minister of Customs of Australia banned Skyjacked from playing in that country in the "interests of the traveling public." According to a July 1974 Daily Variety article, producer Walter Seltzer was a joint plaintiff with fellow producer Russell Thacher (who produced the 1973 M-G-M release Soylent Green) in a lawsuit against M-G-M and its new distribution partner, United Artists. Among the numerous legal complaints was a charge of fraud accusing MGM/UA of not paying for the rights for Skyjacked and reneging on a promise to re-release the film in a package with the equally popular Soylent Green. The outcome of the suit has not been determined.