Woman who boarded Gatwick flight with no documents ‘posed no risk to passenger security’

Gatwick Airport
Gatwick Airport

A woman who boarded a flight with no documents posed no risk to passenger security, a spokesman for Gatwick Airport has said.

Sussex Police was called after she was reported to have boarded the easyJet flight before its departures gate opened in the North Terminal just after 7am on Friday (September 4).

A police spokesman said the 51-year-old German woman was arrested after airport staff found she did not have a passport, boarding pass or ID.

An airport spokesman said she was subjected to ‘the full security search and screening processes, and there was no risk to passenger security’.

Passengers on 7.30am flight EZY8703 to Tenerife disembarked the plane and were checked through security again. They were delayed for more than an hour.

The airport was investigating the matter with all relevant parties.

The woman, who was arrested on suspicion of entering a security restricted area without permission, was released on police bail until September 26.

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