Squadron Leader Bird is responsible for the passenger handling facility at Kabul Airport, you can read what she had to say.
The ‘Voices of the Armed Forces’ blog run by the Ministry of Defence has published an interview with Squadron Leader Bird, you can read it here.
“Every single passenger that is flying on a British aircraft comes through us at the terminal. When a bus arrives with a load of passengers on it, they are met by the Royal Air Force Police. They are informed of a couple of things, and then after that brief we get on with the processing. So a family group will come through and they will be met again by the RAF Police.”
“The first thing that we do is we weigh their bag to make sure that it is within ten kilos. I know that may sound harsh, but actually it is to ensure we can get as many passengers onto our jets as possible. After that, they will come up to one of the desks and as a family they will be searched. Once we are happy that the whole group are safe and they haven’t got anything they shouldn’t have, we take them through to check-in.”