Ryanair in passport terror threat row
A plane-load of people flew into Britain from Spain without having their documents checked in either country, officials have admitted.
Passengers on the Ryanair flight are furious that there was no system in place to check for possible illegal immigrants or terrorists.
The plane left Malaga and flew into Bournemouth, where the 180 passengers walked out of the airport without showing their passports, on Wednesday, September 8.
It is thought a breakdown in communication meant that no officials from the UK Border Agency were at the airport to check the passports when the flight landed.
Bob Shepherd (59), the managing director of an overseas property company based in Spain, said airport security had been farcical.
He said: “The bottom line is that something like 180 people got into England via Bournemouth Airport without any form of identification required.”
A spokesman for the UK Border Agency said it was the responsibility of the airline or handling company to advise their staff when inbound flights arrive.