'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.

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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.

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