02 December 2010

Major UK immigration security breach discovered at Manchester Airport

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An inspection of Manchester Airport has found a major security breach where international passengers could have walked out of Manchester Airport without having their passport checked.

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A major UK immigration breach was found at Manchester Airport by inspectors in May this year.

The independent chief inspector of the UK Border Agency (UKBA), John Vine, criticised the airport and the UKBA after exposing the potential breach in immigration at Manchester.

In May, Mr Vine and his team of inspectors found that at Manchester international passengers with tickets for connecting flights to other parts of the UK could have bypassed passport controls and walked out on to the street at Terminal Three.

Passengers arriving at international terminals were taken by bus straight to Terminal Three without going through passport and UK Visa checks. Terminal Three is a domestic terminal, and so does not have UK Immigration controls.

Passengers could therefore have walk straight out of the airport in two separate locations without passing through any control points.
The airport amended procedures to remove this potential as soon as possible after the report.

There is no evidence that any international transfer passengers did not board their connecting flight.

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