The forcing down of Bolivian President Evo Morales\’s plane – denied airspace by France, Spain and Portugal, followed by his 14-hour confinement while Austrian officials demanded to \”inspect\” his aircraft for the \”fugitive\” Edward Snowden – was an act of air piracy and state terrorism.
Nations have the right to limit access to the airspace above said nation. Just like they have the right to limit access to their territory in any other manner. Checking passports at Dover is not piracy: nor is allowing, or not allowing, overflight rights. It just ain\’t.