Man boards plane without passport or boarding card in major security breach

Aer Lingus jets at Dublin Airport
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A man had appeared in an Irish court after he boarded a plane without a passport or boarding card. 

The major security breach was discovered on March 27, 2023, where a 48-year-old man was removed from an Aer Lingus flight to Birmingham at Dublin Airport (DUB) in terminal 2 just after 7pm. 

According to the Irish Independent Abdul Ahmead was charged with trespassing with intent to commit an offence and with failure to produce a valid passport or similar document as a non-national in the state. 

Ahmead was charged around $380 for each offence after appearing at the Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin on March 28, 2023. 

To reach the aircraft Ahmed, from Newcastle, UK, would have passed through airport security and staff at the gate in terminal 2. 

A spokesperson for Aer Lingus told the Independent that the airline is “assisting An Garda Síochána in an investigation relating to a person detained by Airport Police at Dublin Airport.” 

Dublin Airport confirmed that an internal investigation is underway into the incident.

A spokesperson for daa, the operator of Dublin Airport, told AeroTime: “We never comment on security matters for obvious reasons. We note the speedy apprehension of the individual in this case by Airport Police, who was caught trespassing without a boarding card after being security screened, and his subsequent arrest by An Garda Síochána and successful prosecution before the courts.”

Dublin Airport has recently been plagued with drone activity at the site resulting in closure and redirected flights.  

Earlier in March 2023 Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary called Ireland’s transport minister Eamon Ryan “incompetent” after Dublin Airport was closed for a sixth time within five weeks due to drone activity. 

“Stop talking, stop sitting on your hands and do something useful for Irish transport for a change. Instead of holding meetings, fix the drone problem at Dublin Airport,” O’Leary challenged the minister.

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