The offence of hijacking is committed when a person on board an aircraft in flight1 by the use of force or by threats of any kind unlawfully seizes the aircraft or exercises control of it2. The offence is committed whatever the person's nationality, whatever the state in which the aircraft is registered3, and whether the aircraft is in the United Kingdom4 or elsewhere5. However, the offence is not committed if the aircraft is used in military6, customs or police service7, or if both the place of take off and the place of landing are in the territory of the
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