Man charged after flying from UK to US without ticket or passport on Christmas Eve

Man charged after flying from UK to US without ticket or passport on Christmas Eve

A man has been charged after allegedly travelling on a British Airways flight from Heathrow to New York JFK on Christmas Eve without a ticket or a passport.

The Metropolitan Police said 46-year-old Craig Sturt was arrested at around 8pm on Christmas Day after arriving in the UK on a flight from New York and was charged with obtaining services by deception, being unlawfully airside and boarding an aircraft without permission.

According to The Sun, the man passed through a number of security checkpoints and passport control at Heathrow’s Terminal 5 without showing any documents before boarding a British Airways flight.

Allegedly, he tailgated another passenger through security checks at the airport.

A warrant was issued for his arrest after he failed to turn up to court in Uxbridge. Police are now searching for him, ITV News reports.

JFK’s security stopped the man because he had no documents, and put him on a plane back to Heathrow when he was then arrested.

He was then reportedly taken to a hospital in Reading which he then walked away from.

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said: “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.

“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.”

British Airways told ARGS: “We are assisting the authorities with their investigation.”

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Heathrow said: “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.”

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