The Standard - George Lithgow

26 March 2024

Much of the key information from the inspection at London City Airport was redacted for ‘national security reasons’.

An inspection at a busy London airport identified “a significant risk to security” after it revealed that private jets are landing in the UK without undergoing proper security checks, a report has revealed.

The newly published review was written by former independent chief inspector of borders and immigration David Neal, who was sacked last month by the Home Office after publicly sharing his fears about the problem.

A spot-check inspection carried out by Mr Neal’s team at London City Airport in east London earlier this year found “failings at a local, regional, and national level” in Border Force’s response to general aviation – defined as any civil flight not operating to a specific and published schedule.

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