Sunday 24 September 2017

How passengers could end up paying the price after high-profile 'smuggling' arrests

'Cross-checking of passenger lists between airlines and passport control is unknown' Stock Image
'Cross-checking of passenger lists between airlines and passport control is unknown' Stock Image
John Mulligan

John Mulligan

The high-profile arrests at Dublin Airport highlight a glaring gap between the protocols and what actually happens on the ground at Irish airports - a gap apparently exploited to criminal effect.

Under international rules, the responsibility falls on airlines to ensure that their passengers are presented to immigration controls on arrival in a country. Airport operators have little if any role.

Under Irish law, an airline that fails to ensure its passengers are entitled to land here can be fined and forced to pay for the cost of returning people who are refused entry to their original departure point.

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