A man has been charged after allegedly flying from London to New York without a ticket or passport.
A man passed through a series of security checkpoints and passport control without showing any documents at Heathrow Airport before boarding the British Airways flight before Christmas
On December 23, Craig Sturt reached Britain’s busiest airport, London Heathrow, with no passport or confirmed ticket.
The 46-year-old jobless man bypassed the check-in desks and headed straight for the security gates in Heathrow’s Terminal 5. These security gates are automated, meaning passengers scan their boarding passes at the machines before being allowed to undergo security screening.
The man was stopped on arrival at JFK airport and sent back to the UK, where he was arrested and charged with fraud and offences under the Aviation Security Act.
Sturt gained airside access at Heathrow’s Terminal 5 and boarded the Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner “without having paid for a ticket” according to the charges.