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Synonyms for highjacker

someone who uses force to take over a vehicle (especially an airplane) in order to reach an alternative destination

a holdup man who stops a vehicle and steals from it

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While improving the visa-approval process at the Interests Section could marginally increase safe and legal emigration to the US, Bush said nothing about changing the administration's new policy of repatriating immigrants picked up at sea and prosecuting highjackers.
When the passengers on Flight 93 confronted their highjackers and brought the plane down in Pennsylvania, they used violence, but the context defines those actions for most Americans as valiant and admirable.
Bush faced the most dramatic and violent challenge to his international role as leader of the West when suicide pilots and highjackers crashed into the twin towers of the World Trade Centre in New York, and into a corner of the vast Pentagon in Washington.
Where else, but from the industrialized world, did the suicide highjackers learn that huge explosions and death above a city skyline are a peculiar and effective form of communication?
Eventually the story emerged of how the highjackers managed to enter and stay in the United States and how they plotted and carried out their attack.
Fifteen of the 19 highjackers on September 11 came from Saudi Arabia.
His youthful picture was in the passport of one of the highjackers who flew jets into the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington.
Sheldon said while all the September 11 highjackers were Muslims, it is incumbent on those in government to recognize that all Muslims are not terrorists.
Alongside the practical and personal reporting - How did the highjackers get on to the planes?
Even if Osama is rich and the highjackers were middle class, their actions resonate with the millions of wretchedly poor.
Given the Expedition's deeply tinted windows and the roughly box-car dimensions of its cavernous interior, the hapless highjackers never saw Carpenter and the kiddies.
In a Baghdad press conference, the highjackers - identified as Faisal Biloowi and Ayish Faridi - praise the Iraqi authorities and denounce Riyadh's policies including its reliance of US troops for defence.
11 highjackers allegedly entered the country legally on visas, Congress likely will try to tighten immigration laws.
The original Arabic text of the so- called "spiritual manual" of the 9/11 highjackers found in the wreckage the World Trade Center has been amended from the previous text, and a new English translation is presented, together with a commentary on the manual's instructions and their particular interpretation of Islam.
As I mentioned, the administration's allies in congress are urging the elimination of the federal screener workforce, to be replaced with the same sort of private firms who ran incompetent and negligent screening operations when the 9/11 highjackers struck.