My question is whether airlines check visas electronically at the check in.
Say a person wants to fly from Moscow, Russia to London, UK to claim an asylum. Since he doesn't have a visa to the UK, he forges a UK visa and sticks it on his passport. Let's say visa quality is 1=1 with original.
So when he tries to check in with the airlines for the London bound flight, we know that the airlines will check the visa visually. But do they check it electronically, or with UK border agency before the flight to confirm its authenticity?
I heard of something called "passenger manifest." Does it have anything to do with visa checks?
Edit, pasted in the details given as an answer:
- to the guy who is worried regarding criminal offence of forging a fake document, if asylum seeker can get to his destination, he/she is not prosecuted for forging a travel document considering they would not be able to gain genuine ones in their country where their life is threatened. 1951 UN Refugee Convention: Section 51.
- I asked the same question on Quora (also a forum) where a guy who claimed to have good knowledge of this system said, the airlines send the list of boarding passengers to UK and border agency confirms the list, marking the ones who are not allowed to board, those on no fly list or with invalid (forged) visas. Then the airline can deny you boarding right at the airplane gate when they check for your passport one last time. He also mentioned, this system was in place specifically to stop refugees flying into the country easily... Oh man.
But, obviously it would be GREAT if someone who actually works/worked at airline companies doing the boarding checks answer with full certainty. Please tag those if you know any with such credentials.