Disqualifying convictions - aviation

Details of disqualifying convictions for aviation.

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From 1 April 2014 the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has responsibility for aviation security compliance functions.



A person shall fail the criminal records check where it reveals a conviction for a disqualifying offence which has been received within:

  • the last 5 years where the disposal was other than a term of imprisonment.
  • the last 7 years where the disposal was a prison term of 6 months or less.
  • the last 10 years where the disposal was a prison term of between 6 months and 2 and a half years.
  • within any time period where the disposal was a prison term of more than 2 and a half years.

Disqualifying convictions shall include but shall not be limited to convictions for the type of offences listed below.


  • assisting terrorism
  • committing terrorism
  • directing terrorist acts
  • failing to disclose information of material assistance in preventing terrorism
  • possessing articles or information likely to be useful to terrorism
  • using money or property for the purposes of terrorism

Offences against the person

  • administering poison
  • assault occasioning actual bodily harm
  • assault with intent to resist arrest
  • assaulting a police officer
  • attempted murder
  • attempting to choke
  • causing bodily injury by explosives
  • child abduction
  • cruelty to a child
  • endangering safety of railway passengers
  • endangering the safety of an aircraft
  • false Imprisonment
  • grievous bodily harm
  • ill treatment of a mental patient
  • kidnapping
  • manslaughter
  • murder
  • sending explosive substances
  • threats to kill
  • unlawful wounding

Theft and Dishonesty

  • aggravated burglary
  • aggravated vehicle taking
  • assault with intent to rob
  • blackmail
  • burglary
  • dishonest representation for obtaining a benefit or advantage
  • dishonestly retaining a wrongful credit
  • evasion of liability by deception
  • false accounting
  • forgery
  • handling stolen goods
  • making off without payment
  • obtaining pecuniary advantage by deception
  • obtaining property or services by deception
  • robbery
  • theft

Sexual offences

  • abuse of children through prostitution or pornography
  • attempted rape
  • exploitation of prostitution
  • indecency with a child
  • indecent assault
  • living on the earnings of prostitution
  • procuration of a woman to become a prostitute
  • rape
  • taking or making indecent photographs or pseudo photographs of children
  • trafficking for sexual exploitation
  • sexual activity, assault or rape of a child
  • unlawful sexual intercourse

Controlled or illegal drugs

  • assisting the production, supply, import or export of controlled or illegal drugs
  • import or export of controlled or illegal drugs
  • production or supply of controlled or illegal drugs

Criminal damage

  • arson
  • attempt to cause explosion
  • causing an explosion likely to endanger life or property
  • conspiracy to cause explosion
  • destroying or damaging property
  • making or possession of explosive
  • threats to destroy or damage


  • carrying any loaded firearm in a public place
  • non-compliance with conditions of firearm certificate or licence
  • possession of a firearm without a certificate or licence
  • selling firearm to person without a certificate or licence
  • shortening a shotgun or other smooth bore gun
  • trading in firearms without being registered as a firearms dealer


  • assisting unlawful immigration
  • unlawful immigration

Bomb and threat hoaxes

  • communicating false information alleging the presence of bombs or threats
  • placing or dispatching articles to cause bomb or threat hoax

Offensive weapons

  • manufacture or distribution of offensive weapons
  • possession of an offensive weapon
Published 1 September 2010