Glossary of Airline Terminology

Tokyo Convention

(September 14, 1963) Formally called the Convention on Offenses and Certain Other Acts Committed on Board Aircraft. This Convention is concerned with ensuring that when an offense has been committed onboard an aircraft, at least one state – that in which the aircraft is registered – will take jurisdiction over the suspected offender. The Convention also contains provisions relating to powers of the aircraft commander, duties of states, and extradition in the event of an offense. The United States deposited its instrument of ratification for the Tokyo Convention on September 5, 1969.

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