Two ‘Iranian men’ are detained by border guards after arriving at Exeter airport on a Flybe jet from Alicante ‘without ID documents’ – to fellow passengers’ horror
- Two men, claiming to be Iranian nationals, landed at Exeter airport early today
- Home Office said they didn’t have identity documents when at Border Control
- Passenger on the flight from Alicante claimed the two men ‘pretended to faint’
Two men have been detained after they landed at a British airport without passports early this morning.
The men, who claimed to be Iranian nationals, were onboard a Flybe flight from Alicante, Spain, which landed at Exeter Airport in Devon.
When they landed in Exeter the two men were said to have ‘pretended to faint’ as they went through Border Control and admitted not having passports.
Two men, claiming to be Iranian nationals, landed at Exeter Airport (pictured) today but were found not to have identity documents on them by Border Force officers
A man in his 20s, who was on the early morning flight but didn’t want to be named, claimed that two men went through Border Control separately.
He told DevonLive: ‘The first man kind of pretended to faint and then the second one did the same thing.’
The passenger praised Flybe’s ‘reassuring’ staff and claimed that they had told his sister they had found a ‘ripped up passport.’
Another passenger Justin Woodcock tweeted about the incident, saying: ‘@flybe any chance you can find out why there were two unknown, undocumented individuals on flight BE4322 Alicante to Exeter landed recently and then admitted having NO PASSPORTS at Exeter immigration?’
Passenger Justin Woodcock tweeted Flybe about the two men on the Alicante to Exeter flight
The airline responded to a second tweet from Mr Woodcock about the early morning incident
Flybe later responded to a second tweet sent by Mr Woodcock.
They said: ‘Be assured all passengers in possession of boarding cards must pass through the relevant country’s immigration checks at their airport of departure to ensure they are in possession of the relevant documentation.’
A Home Office spokesperson said: ‘Two passengers who arrived at Exeter Airport on a flight from Alicante presented themselves to Border Force officers at passport control without identity documents.
‘They claimed to be Iranian nationals and their cases will be dealt with in line with the UK’s immigration rules.’
Flybe has been contacted by MailOnline for comment.