A person has been charged after allegedly flying from London to New York and not using a ticket or passport.
Craig Sturt handed by a collection of safety checkpoints and passport management with out exhibiting any paperwork at Heathrow Airport earlier than boarding the British Airways flight earlier than Christmas, in accordance with The Sun.
But the 46-year-old was stopped on arrival at JFK airport and despatched again to the UK, the place he was arrested and charged with fraud and offences underneath the Aviation Security Act.
Sturt gained airside entry at Heathrow’s Terminal 5 and boarded the Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner “without having paid for a ticket” in accordance with the costs.
Court data present he admitted the offences at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court, the place he was attributable to be sentenced in January – however a warrant was issued for his arrest after he failed to seem.
Sturt was reported lacking to Thames Valley Police on 25 January and the Met took over the case on 31 January and is now main the investigation.
“On 24 December 2023, police were made aware of an alleged breach of security at Heathrow Airport and a male was subsequently arrested and later charged with fraud and Aviation Security Act offences,” the pressure stated in an announcement.
“We continue to work with all our partners to review and enhance the already robust security measures in place which are kept under constant review by the wider security partnership.”
The Met stated Sturt was arrested at about 8pm on Christmas Day after arriving within the UK on a flight from New York and was charged with acquiring companies by deception, being unlawfully airside and boarding an plane with out permission.
A Heathrow spokesperson stated: “All people who go airside are subject to security screening, including the individual involved in this case.
“We are supporting the authorities with their ongoing investigation.”
A BA spokesperson said: “We are helping the authorities with their investigation.”