A lawyer has posted a video of himself raging at airport security staff after they searched his luggage.
Sham Uddin, barrister, entertainer and Bengal Tiger, had his bags searched by a border force officer at Birmingham airport after a flight back from Dubai. In a post on LinkedIn Uddin complained that he was "unnecessarily stopped" by the officer who "wanted to check all my luggage...seven in total".
In the footage, Uddin appears to be in a secure area of the airport and explains to the camera that an officer is checking "every one" of his bags "because of the fact that I said I had a taxi waiting". The officer clarifies to Uddin that he's checking the luggage "under Section 78 of the Customs and Excise Management Act", and also says that recording is forbidden. But Uddin carries on filming.
"I'm telling you, either call the police, or check my baggage", Uddin commands the officer, who responds wearily, "I don't need to call them, as I can act as them as well". Sacrificing himself as a civil rights martyr (in his mind), Uddin begs the officer: "Arrest me! Arrest me!"
But the clip then cuts to Uddin, apparently set free, saying "once I've started recording them, they've backed off".
Border force (left). Borderline farce (right).
The footage, which has amassed over 19,000 views on LinkedIn, can be seen here. [Update: Uddin's post containing his video was yanked following publication of this story]
Not everyone believed that Uddin was a victim, like barrister Adeel Rashid.
When another person queried his account, Uddin explained that he would have had no objections to a finger up his bum, if it was justified.
One commentator was interested in finding out more about Uddin's luggage:
Others were more brief in their analysis:
Uddin did not divulge the circumstances that gave rise to such a specific comparison. Batting back the haters, Uddin claimed that his film had been good for business:
He has now followed George Michael's example and set his experience to music, dressed as a cop.
“Border Force’s priority is to maintain security on the border at all times" a Home Office spokesman told RollOnFriday. "All those arriving in the UK are examined and checked against Home Office databases" he said, "and passengers’ baggage may also be subject to checks to ensure that banned and restricted items are kept out of the country.”
The spokesman added, "Anyone who is unhappy with the service they have received from Border Force can ask to speak to the duty manager at the time or email firstname.lastname@example.org".
Uddin is not the first lawyer to engage in verbal jousting with airport security over a baggage check.