Air passengers enter Britain without passport checks

There were no Border Agency officials at Bournemouth Airport when the Ryanair flight landed from Malaga, Daily Express reported on its website.

The security breach - blamed on a breakdown in communication - means terrorists or illegal immigrants could have entered Britain.

Bob Shepherd, 59, a frequent flyer, said airport security had been farcical. He said: “Something like 180 people got into England without any form of identification required. I could have been a known terrorist.”

An airport spokesman claimed around 135 passengers did have their passports checked.
She said: “The error was quickly identified by staff who arranged for the vast majority of passengers to go through the normal immigration process.”

A spokesman for the UK Border Agency said it was the responsibility of the airline or handling company to advise their staff when flights arrived.

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