There's a 'permission to land' gag in here somewhere...

The Darkness‘ singer JUSTIN HAWKINS has been the victim of mistaken identity at JFK AIRPORT in NEW YORK.

Last month the band played a series of shows in the US in support of their current album ‘Permission To Land’.

The band arrived at the famous New York airport, and, according to reports, Justin was stopped by officials who were searching for a criminal with the same name.

A spokesperson for the band told NME.COM: “He was stopped, but he wasn’t arrested.”

The Darkness are now on the road in the UK, playing shows in support of their festive single ‘Christmas Time (Don’t Let The Bells End)’, which is released on December 15.

Speaking in today’s Daily Record newspaper, band member Frankie Poullain said that the band will spend more time in the US next year – but not as much as people want.

He said: “Because of my handlebar moustache and Justin’s catsuits, in the UK I’m seen as gay and the band are meant to be camp. But in America they think I’m hard and immediately give me respect and a wide berth.

“It’s really taking off in America – they wanted us to be out there all year next year but we’re giving them three months.”

The Darkness are likely to play at various UK festivals next year.