Dublin Airport Needs to Build a Big Beautiful Wall and Make British Airways Parent IAG Pay for It

Two Aer Lingus employees and a potential illegal immigrant have been arrested as Irish authorities broke up an illegal immigrant smuggling operation at the Dublin airport.

The employees would use catering trucks to move inbound passengers directly from aircraft to a car park outside the airport facility, bypassing immigration. This operation has been ongoing for several years and authorities believe at least 500 people have managed to skip customs and border formalities using this Aer Lingus Catering VIP Arrivals service.

Irish law enforcement is now trying to follow the money to see if they can find people who entered illegally. They’d have a much easier time, of course, if these individuals would self-deport.

In the U.S. of course American Airlines employees have allowed an entire plane of passengers arriving from Mexico to bypass immigration more than once.

Aer Lingus is owned by British Airways and Iberia parent IAG. How do you think its CEO Willie Walsh would feel about building a wall around the Dublin airport?

(HT: uggboy)

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  1. I was sure this was going to be about building a separate wing for US pre-clearance. I was wrong but not disappointed.

  2. Watch out folks, we have a comic in our midst.

    Don’t give up the day job Gary, whatever that is? (Writing snarky negative blogs?)

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