He called for urgent updated guidance on how the powers should be used.
A Border Force spokesman said: ‘The searching of baggage, including when the owner is not present, is a legal and proportionate response to ensuring illegal goods are prevented from entering the UK and protecting revenue.’Fly to the U. and the chance of your luggage being searched is far higher, something regular visitors will know.
At the same time, anything else deemed suspicious will be noted and relayed to Customs and border officials at the flight’s destination.
It was recently revealed that even private correspondence and medical records are considered fair game by Border Force officials, some of whom have also been found to be ignoring set procedures when opening bags.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) manually searches bags and it has developed locks that can be bought by travellers.
‘I don’t think that it’s necessarily theft,’ he says. They search through and drop something on the floor — say a tie or something — then don’t bother to pick it up or put it back.
It will then be put back on the carousel, after which the people who collect it will find themselves being stopped as they go through Customs.’While that sounds straightforward, concerns about how these searches are being conducted were raised in an official report earlier this month by John Vine, the Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration.
He studied hundreds of searches at our regional airports from April to September last year.
Last month, a police operation at Los Angeles Airport busted what is thought to be one of the biggest property heists in airport history.