'No central record to show covert baggage searches'

I found there was no central record to show occasions where covert baggage searches were carried out, but no seizures were made.

The absence of these records meant that no assurance could be provided to demonstrate that this power was being used in a lawful, proportionate and controlled manner.

– John Vine, Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration

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'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.