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Law Enforcement (Powers and Responsibilities) Act 2002 No 103
Current version for 6 December 2019 to date (accessed 29 January 2020 at 18:41)
44 Power to search aircraft for safety reasons
(cf Crimes Act 1900, s 357A)
(1) An authorised person may, without a warrant, search an aircraft, any person on board or about to board an aircraft, or any luggage or freight on board an aircraft, or about to be placed on board an aircraft, if the person suspects on reasonable grounds that an offence involving the safety of the aircraft is being, or was, or may have been, or may be, committed on board or in relation to the aircraft.(2) The following persons are authorised persons for the purposes of this section—(a) the commander of the aircraft,(b) a person authorised in writing by an authorised officer, on the basis of a suspicion referred to in subsection (1), to carry out a search under this section.(3) A search of a person conducted under this section must be conducted by a person of the same sex as the person being searched.