hijack (v.) Look up hijack at Dictionary.com
1922, American English, perhaps from high(way) + jacker "one who holds up" (agent noun from jack (v.)). Originally "to rob (a bootlegger, smuggler, etc.) in transit;" sense of "seize an aircraft in flight" is 1968 (also in 1961 variant skyjack), extended 1970s to any form of public transportation. Related: Hijacked; hijacking. Related: Hijacker.