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Woman held after boarding plane at Gatwick without ID

A woman has been arrested after being found on a plane at Gatwick Airport without any identification documents or a boarding pass.

Sussex Police were called just after 7am today to a report that a 51-year-old woman from Germany had got onto the easyJet aircraft before boarding had officially begun.

A force spokesman said: "Airport staff found that she had no ID, no passport and no boarding pass."

She was arrested on suspicion of entering a restricted area without permission and remains in custody.

The plane's passengers were instructed to go through security screening in the North Terminal again before being allowed to board.

According to easyJet's website the flight to Tenerife departed at 8.45am, which was one hour and 15 minutes behind schedule.

The carrier released a statement which read: "The delay was caused by additional security screening of all passengers.

"This was carried out as a precaution after a passenger attempted to board without the correct documentation.

"EasyJet's staff alerted the local police."

The airline said the safety and security of its passengers and crew was its "highest priority" and apologised for any inconvenience caused by the delay.

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