22 March 2011
Immigration officer puts wife on no-fly list
Rob Fisher

Somewhat old news, but news to me via the Risks Digest:

A UK immigration officer decided to get rid of his wife by putting her on the no-fly list, ensuring that she could not return to the UK from abroad. This worked for three years, until he put in for a promotion and—during the routine background check—someone investigated why his wife was on the no-fly list.

This story comes from the Daily Mail:

The Home Office confirmed today that the officer has been sacked for gross misconduct.

This bit is Kafkaesque:

His wife visited family in Pakistan but when she tried to return to Britain she was not allowed onto the aircraft. Airline and immigration officials refused to explain to her why.

But it’s very interesting that one man was able to meddle with the list. We are so often told about these things that there will be “safeguards”.

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