• The Department for Transport (DfT) sets the list of disqualifying convictions, including offences at the more serious end of the spectrum (with relatively minor offences usually not being included). Disqualifying convictions are selected under the following criteria:

    • Any convictions directly related to terrorism
    • Convictions that may be inappropriate for someone working in the aviation industry (e.g. immigration offences)
    • Convictions over which someone could be subject to undue influence/coercion
    • Convictions that call into question an individual's integrity and trustworthiness

    Applicants will fail the criminal records check if 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:


    • Preparing for, training for or assisting terrorism
    • Committing terrorism
    • Directing terrorist acts
    • Failing to disclose information of material assistance in preventing terrorism
    • Disseminating or possessing articles or information likely to be useful to terrorism
    • Fundraising, using money or property for the purposes of terrorism

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    Offences against people

    • 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 the safety of railway passengers
    • Endangering the safety of an aircraft
    • False Imprisonment
    • Fear of violence including harrassment or stalking involving fear of violence
    • Grievous bodily harm
    • Ill treatment of a mental patient
    • Kidnapping
    • Manslaughter
    • Murder
    • Racially or religiously aggravated harassment
    • Sending explosive substances
    • Threats to kill
    • Unlawful wounding

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    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
    • Fraud, including obtaining property, services or pecuniary advantage by deception
    • Handling stolen goods
    • Making off without payment
    • Robbery
    • Theft

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    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
    • Possessing, taking, distributing or publishing indecent photographs or pseudo photographs of children
    • Trafficking for sexual exploitation
    • Sexual activity, assault or rape of a child
    • Unlawful sexual intercourse

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    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

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    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
    • Unauthorised access to a computer with intent to commit an offence
    • Unauthorised modification of computer material
    • Making, supplying, or obtaining articles for the unauthorised modification of computer material
    • Unauthorised acts causing or risking serious damage
    • Threats to destroy or damage

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    • 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

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    • Assisting unlawful immigration
    • Unlawful immigration

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    Bomb and threat hoaxes

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

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    Offensive weapons

    • Manufacture or distribution of offensive weapons
    • Possession of an offensive weapon

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    Public order

    • Riot
    • Violent disorder

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    Administration of justice

    • Perjury
    • Perverting the course of justice
    • Threatening or intimidating a witness or witness revenge

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