Border force have 'taken action' on recommendations

A report has found that border officials at Birmingham Airport could have been carrying out illegal bag searches, without the passengers' knowledge.

It said: "Despite the fact that the current Border Force enforcement handbook guidance prohibited this activity, staff confirmed they were carrying out covert baggage searches."

A Border Force spokesman said:

Searching baggage, including when the owner is not present, is a legal and proportionate response to this issue. Any such searches must be authorised by a senior officer.

We have already taken action on the recommendations the Chief Inspector made in his report.


'Illegal' airport bag searches

Illegal luggage searches may have been conducted without the knowledge of passengers at Birmingham Airport, according to the UK's chief border inspector.