Spike in criminals hauled off flights
THE number of criminals, illegal immigrants and suspected terrorists kicked off Australiabound flights has skyrocketed by 300 per cent, as Border Force officials work with airlines such as Qantas and Emirates to keep Australians safe.
A whopping 555 people were booted off flights in 2017-18, up 308 per cent from the 136 people “offloaded” from planes to Australia the year before.
Some of the passengers taken off flights because they posed a “risk to the border” included individuals trying to enter the country illegally to work or live, as well as suspected criminals and others who were a national security concern, the Sunday Mail understands. Hundreds of other passengers with fraudulent documents have also been stopped before they could even board flights, including one Nigerian woman who tried to get to Melbourne twice in one week from Abu Dhabi by listing a different nationality.
It’s estimated taxpayers would’ve had to pay $15 million for authorities to detain and eventually deport the 205 people with fraudulent documents if they hadn’t been stopped from entering Australia.