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Former Scottish First Minister denied entry to flight after booking under name 'Captain Kirk'

Alex Salmond was initially unable to board because the names on his ticket and passport didn't match

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Alex Salmond, former First Minister of Scotland, was recently denied entry to a British Airways flight because he had booked his ticket under the name 'Captain Kirk'.

Salmond, who was succeeded as SNP leader by Nicola Sturgeon last year, is a longtime Star Trek fan who for security reasons has apparently travelled under the pseudonym "James T Kirk" for many years.

However, because he was checking in at London Heathrow, an airport he does not usually use, British Airways staff did not know about Salmond's special ticketing arrangement and initially refused to let him board the flight because the name on his ticket did not match that on his passport.

After the politician made some phone calls and was able to present check-in staff with emails explaining the arrangement, he was finally allowed to board the flight. Salmond, who is a member of both the Scottish and UK parliaments, told the Mail On Sunday: "It was all sorted out. I just wanted BA to 'Beam me up, Scotty."'

A British Airways spokesperson said in response to the Captain Kirk confusion: "We ask all our customers to travel under their own names to maintain the most secure travelling environment possible. The safety and security of our customers and colleagues is our top priority."

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