air piracy

noun

Definition of air piracy

: the hijacking of a flying airplane : skyjacking

Examples of air piracy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the European Union called it air piracy and barred Belarusian carriers from its skies and cut imports of the country’s top commodities, including petroleum products and potash, a common fertilizer ingredient. Yuras Karmanau, ajc, 8 Aug. 2021 After nearly four years of prison in France for air piracy, McNair disappeared with his family into French society. USA Today, 29 July 2021 The president started his day meeting with leaders of the Baltic states on NATO’s eastern flank as well as separate meetings with leaders of Poland and Romania to discuss any threat posed by Russia and the recent air piracy in Belarus. Jonathan Lemire, Anchorage Daily News, 15 June 2021 The president started his day meeting with leaders of the Baltic states on NATO's eastern flank as well as separate meetings with leaders of Poland and Romania to discuss any threat posed by Russia and the recent air piracy in Belarus. Aamer Madhani, Star Tribune, 14 June 2021 After the plane diversion, which outraged leaders abroad described as akin to air piracy, the European Union barred Belarusian airlines from its airspace and airports and advised its carriers to skirt Belarus. Yuras Karmanau, The Christian Science Monitor, 28 May 2021 For this, Hoare served 33 months in South African jails for air piracy. Rory Sullivan, CNN, 3 Feb. 2020 As for Kerkow, the first Oregonian ever charged with air piracy? oregonlive, 16 Sep. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of air piracy

1948, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of air piracy was in 1948

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“Air piracy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/air%20piracy. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for air piracy

air piracy

noun

Legal Definition of air piracy

1 : the hijacking of an aircraft especially in flight specifically : the act of seizing control of an aircraft by force, violence, threat, or intimidation with wrongful intent
2 : the felony of hijacking or seizing control of an aircraft

called also aircraft piracy

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