It emerged earlier today (Sunday) that a man has been charged with illegally boarding a parked up British Airways Jumbo at London Heathrow Airport, resulting in calls tonight for greater armed security
Police were called at 11.40am on Saturday, after a suspect breached security and managed to climb into the cabin of an empty Boeing 747. Some local reports suggest a suspect sat in the pilots chair in the 747 cockpit.
Louis Pedro Verdasca dos Santos Costa, 38, has been charged with unlawfully being airside and of unlawfully being on an aircraft.
A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: "He has been remanded into custody at a west London police station and will appear at court at the earliest opportunity next week."
Julian Bray aviation expert comments: London Heathrow is having a hard time of it lately with multiple security breaches of its perimeter fence, and the conclusion of the so called Heathrow 13 trial.
On top of this, many incidents of laser beams being shone at landing and departing aircraft, most of these laser incidents are being monitored by genuine aircraft spotters who are among the first to alert the authorities.
Clearly with national threat levels at the highest levels, the Government needs to urgently review cuts to security spending and urgently consider rapidly investing in greater security resources, increasing police budgets and generally improving on site safety at all UK airports.
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