UK Border Agency - You couldn't make it up

#2
To be fair, if you make a silly tweet at that airport you're getting nicked.

So it is pretty safe then.
 
#3
"Despite this warning, they opened the crates and partially removed some of the explosive devices from their protective packaging while ten people were there.
This entailed removing three separate layers of packaging, including opening the protective tubing and exposing live rounds of anti-tank ammunition. There were five crates, each containing five rounds.
The HSE investigation found that UKBA had failed to carry out a suitable risk assessment to enable them to complete the checks safely. Had they done so, they would have recognised several problems.

"There was a significant risk that the ammunition could detonate if it was dropped"

Shite type bollocks non-story..bit like HSE saying sometime ago it 'was dangerous to be a soldier' or words to that effect(perhaps someone remebers the actual qoute)
 
#4
I wonder who's head will roll for that one?

What were they hoping to find in the box of explosives?

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#6
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) today (19 December 2012) completed its Crown Censure procedure of UKBA following its investigation into the incident on 10 November 2009.
Blimey, only took them three years to come to the conclusion it was a bloody stupid thing to do.

UKBA cannot face prosecution from HSE in the same way as non-Government bodies. Crown Censures are agreed procedures applicable to Crown employers in lieu of HSE criminal proceedings
So they get a proverbial slap on the back of the legs whereas anyone else would get a criminal record.
 
#8
I wonder who's head will roll for that one?

What were they hoping to find in the box of explosives?

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Apparently they became very suspicious and insisted on searching the ammunition after the pilot ran across the runway with his fingers in his ears screaming take cover!
 
#10
For some reason I'm reminded of those old public safety films where they showed some halfwit lighting a fag whilst phoning in a report of a gas leak.
The visions of stupidity crossing my mind when I read this one are countless and very colourful.

Flash, brash pilot with large tash and equally large grin slapping the Border Bod (The Twenty Minuter) on the back and saying. "I say old chap, I wouldn't do that."

Whilst in the background Baldrick recites his most famous poem.

boom boom boom boom
boom boom boom

boom boom boom boom
boom boom boom
 
#11
What were they hoping to find in the box of explosives?


I have seen squaddies fill up use their KIA mates' MFO box with fags. I have been on plunders were the barrels of AS90s were full of whiskey bottles. The ingenuity of the British Squaddie to smuggle good back to the UK knows no bounds.

Having said that, I can easily imagine the officers saying "search that? you must be having a laugh!" but being told by managers who have no clue about things to get on with it.
 
#13
Surely the odd carton of fags is a matter for HMRC and part of the age old game. UKBA would be looking for illegal immigrants wouldn't they?

I doubt we have reverted to smuggling babies hidden in HESH bins.
 
#14
What were they hoping to find in the box of explosives?


I have seen squaddies fill up use their KIA mates' MFO box with fags. I have been on plunders were the barrels of AS90s were full of whiskey bottles. The ingenuity of the British Squaddie to smuggle good back to the UK knows no bounds.

Having said that, I can easily imagine the officers saying "search that? you must be having a laugh!" but being told by managers who have no clue about things to get on with it.
Regardless of the possibility of smuggling, explosive safety takes paramount on these occasions. These munitions should only have been opened and examined in the oppropriate environment, by the appropriate person - ATO, Nottingham Tp is less than an hours drive from Robin Hood Airport and there's a team on duty 24 hrs a day.

This is professional arrogance at its worst, some ******** at the airport thinking they're more important than they are.
 
#15
I suspect you are half right. Professional arrogance and totally unaware of the potential consequences.

My brother in law did a spell doing the security searches in airports. The training was minimal and pay and conditions hardly designed to keep anything other than pond life employed. He left PDQ.
 
#17
I see the 'credibility test' has reared its ugly head again. Basically, it's a route whereby a badly paid chimp at the end of a double shift assesses whether a foreign student is 'credible' on the strength of a 5 minute chat and regardless of how many experts have assessed their suitability beforehand.

We had out first 'what the **** is the point' moment today, a biomedical student coming to do research with us who was turned back at the border because chummy saw he'd been working on a rice farm for the last year and a bit and decided on the basis of that that he wasn't a credible student. Of course, 60 seconds of letting Google do the work could have told him that the rice farm in question was one of the largest in the world and maintained its own biomedical labs researching pest and quality control, but let's not let a little thing like that stand in the way of putting power in the hands of the clueless.

I don't hold out much hope of an administrative review from past experience. I may be pleasantly surprised but I'll spend the rest of the week with our lawyers, preparing a legal challenge in any case. Utterly, utterly useless.
 
#20
Surely the odd carton of fags is a matter for HMRC and part of the age old game. UKBA would be looking for illegal immigrants wouldn't they?.
UKBA as it was comprised the old UK Immigration Service, Immigration, and Nationality Directorate (casework), UK Visas and the excise branch of HMRC.
As of mid 2012, UKBA is inland immigraton enforcement and casework, all work done at the ports are a seperate entity called Border Force.
This is to distance the many screw ups of casework (and asylum) from the port staff.
 

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