Man accused of flying from London to US without a passport or ticket is arrested

A British Airways plane Credit: PA Archive/PA Images

A man who allegedly flew from London to New York without a passport or boarding pass was arrested on Monday.

The Metropolitan Police said Craig Sturt was detained in Richmond, south-west London, at around 8am on suspicion of failing to appear at court.

He was first arrested at around 8pm on Christmas Day after arriving back in London on a flight from New York.

Scotland Yard said he was charged with obtaining services by deception, being unlawfully airside and boarding an aircraft without permission.

Sturt failed to appear for a hearing at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court on January 22.

Following his arrest on Monday he remains in custody at a London police station.

British Airways said in a statement: “We are assisting the authorities with their investigation.”

A Heathrow Airport spokesman said: “All people who go airside are subject to security screening, including the individual involved in this case.

“We are supporting the authorities with their ongoing investigation.”

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