Man arrested for flying from London to New York without passport or boarding pass

Craig Sturt, a 46-year-old individual, has been apprehended under serious charges following allegations of traveling from London to New York without possessing a passport or any form of identification.

Sturt’s arrest occurred in Richmond, southwest London, around 8 am, on suspicion of failing to appear in court. Hailing from Slough, Sturt is accused of boarding a British Airways flight from Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 5 on December 23 of the previous year without the requisite documents. This unusual incident led to his initial detention around 8 pm on Christmas Day upon his return to London.

According to reports, Sturt reportedly evaded Heathrow’s security measures on December 23 by bypassing the check-in process and slipping through security gates by following closely behind another individual. Despite lacking a boarding pass, he managed to pass through passport control and secure a seat on the flight bound for JFK airport in New York.

Law enforcement has leveled several charges against Sturt, including obtaining services by deception, unlawfully accessing airside areas, and boarding an aircraft without authorization. His failure to attend a scheduled hearing at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court on January 22 led to his subsequent arrest on February 12 for non-appearance.

British Airways has confirmed its collaboration with authorities in the investigation, while a spokesperson for Heathrow Airport stressed that all individuals accessing airside areas undergo rigorous security screening, including the individual involved in this peculiar case. They reiterated their full support for the ongoing investigation conducted by law enforcement agencies.

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