Thomas King

Thomas King

  • Higher Officer - General Aviation Multi-Agency Hub
  • Home Office Intelligence – Border Force, UK

Tom King is the Higher Officer for the General Aviation Multi-Agency Hub (GA MAH).  The team has national responsibility for targeting and intelligence work for General Aviation in the UK. Tom has been on the team since 2018 and manages the duty officers.

Tom started his career in Border Force frontline working in customs, aircraft search and insider threat. He has deployed on cases involving airline crews and baggage handlers smuggling drugs into Heathrow, to 500kg of cocaine being intercepted on a GA aircraft into the UK.

Tom then moved into intelligence working for the GA MAH where he has successfully targeted several aircraft and individuals attempting to abuse the GA mode. Within the last few years, he has been the subject matter expert for the GA MAH development of the UK’s targeting and situational awareness tool for the GA space.

Sessions

  • Challenges for small ports and airfields

    As perpetrators of trafficking human beings (THB) and international crimes, such as smuggling of drugs or illicit goods, continue to show signs of avoiding commercial airlines, there is evidence that regional airlines and airports, as well as light aircraft into small private aerodromes and fields, are being used for these activities, where the handling of these flights by departure and arrival are not through the regular border controls.
    Similar issues and challenges are being faced on coastal borders, with smugglers and traffickers of human beings using small boats to benefit from utilising beaches or hidden alcoves to conduct their illegal activities.
    What can be done to tackle the use of light aircraft and private airfields, and small boats, which are difficult to detect, highly problematic to intercept and easy for criminal to be in and out again in a matter of minutes?