- an act or instance of hijacking an aircraft.
Origin of skyjacking
- to hijack (an airliner), especially in order to hold the passengers and plane for ransom or for political reasons.
Origin of skyjack
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Examples from the Web for skyjacking
The interrogation of the skyjacking theory would start with the choice of airport, and the choice of the flight.The Tripwire on Flight 370
March 17, 2014
- (tr) to commandeer (an aircraft), usually at gunpoint during flight, forcing the pilot to fly somewhere other than to the scheduled destination
C20: from sky + hijack
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Word Origin and History for skyjacking
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