Putting the ‘I’ Back in ID

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Three years ago, a News of the World reporter posed as a freelance pilot, paid £150 for a British Airways uniform and used a fictitious company name and false date of birth to obtain a security pass.

This enabled him to use the fake ID to get into Birmingham Airport, where he was able to board a plane started up for him by an airport engineer. This same pass also got him past security at Gatwick Airport. The latest airport security glitch happened in December 2002. After getting past ...

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