February 26, 2024

U.K. Man Stows Away on Flight to NYC, Goes Missing After Arrest

A British man who efficiently snuck onto a flight from London to New York City and not using a passport or airplane ticket has gone lacking, U.Okay. authorities say.

Craig Sturt, 46, stowed away on a British Airways flight that landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Christmas Eve 2023, the New York Post reported

Amazingly, Sturt was allegedly in a position to navigate by way of safety checkpoints and the boarding gate at Heathrow Airport with out displaying correct documentation. 

“Sturt allegedly boarded and found a seat on the fully booked, international flight because some passengers had missed their connection at the airport,” the outlet reported, detailing how the undocumented passenger loved free meals and drinks on his free abroad flight.

Once within the U.S., Sturt’s luck ran out at a customs checkpoint. 

After failing to present paperwork to JFK Airport officers, the British man was arrested and “promptly escorted back onto a returning flight to Heathrow.”

Upon his Christmas Day return, Sturt was taken to a hospital, although the reason being unclear.  

U.Okay. police charged the unauthorized traveler with Obtaining Services by Deception, Being Unlawfully Airside, and Boarding an Aircraft with out permission, the Sun reported

Somehow, Sturt has managed to additional evade authorities and has just lately been reported lacking, in accordance to the outlet:

But final night time it emerged that in an additional humiliation for UK police, Mr Sturt was then the topic of an “urgent missing person appeal.”

A warrant was issued for his arrest on January 22.

Thames Valley Police challenge dan alert on January 30:

Urgent lacking individual enchantment. Please are you able to assist us discover Craig? The 46-year-old is 6ft, slim, with brief darkish brown hair.

When he was final seen, he was sporting a gray jacket, a prime, black jogging bottoms and white trainers.

Craig was final seen in Reading, however is from Slough and likewise has hyperlinks to Heathrow and the Tottenham Court Road in London. If you see Craig, please don’t method him, as an alternative name 999.

“I don’t know how Craig has managed to dodge security at the UK’s biggest airport and fly to America without a passport and ticket,” Sturt’s brother, Lee Smith, informed the outlet.

According to Smith, Craig has a “troubled past” and warned that one thing “sinister” may occur.

“It’s ridiculous this could happen. If Craig, with a troubled past, could dodge security then presumably anyone else with sinister motives could do the same,” he mentioned. “Heads should roll. How has this been allowed to happen?”