This regulation defines how North American Aerospace Defense (NORAD) forces carry out airborne surveillance of hijacked aircraft and aircraft used without authorization within the NORAD system. It applies to HQ NORAD, regions, sectors and the commanders of all other units under the operational control of the Commander in Chief NORAD (CINCNORAD). Other commands and agencies having air defense responsibilities to CINCNORAD use this regulation for guidance. NORAD region commanders are authorized to supplement this regulation to establish specific responsibilities and operating procedures for their area of responsibility. For the purpose of clarity and conciseness in this regulation, the term "hijack" will cover situations in which aircraft control is seized in order to go somewhere other than the scheduled destination and when an aircraft is stolen or used without permission of the owner and or Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) or Transport Canada (TC) authorities. The term "escort aircraft" applies to any military aircraft assigned to the escort mission.
NORAD Regulation 55-7