Birmingham Airport police say they ‘won’t be fooled again’ after ‘suspicious people’ spotted in car

Birmingham Airport police say they ‘won’t be fooled again’ after ‘suspicious people’ spotted in car

It was a case of once bitten, twice shy for officers at Birmingham Airport – after they spotted a pair of ‘passengers’ who looked more at home in their car. Further investigation revealed the occupants of a vehicle in a car park were a pair of seat covers with nose and eye holes cut out.

Earlier this year, police were alerted to reports of “suspicious people” in a car in the airport parking lot. They posted on X, formerly Twitter, on Tuesday, March 12: “To whoever owns these car seat covers, well played! Our officers spotted some “suspicious people” who hadn’t left their car in a while and went to investigate!”

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At the time, the pair were found as smiling seat covers of a man and a woman, replete with tans and clothing – but quite one-dimensional. The covers ended at the lower torso, with no legs or feet.

Birmingham Airport police check a car with ‘suspicious people’ who ‘had not left the car for some time’ in March (Image: Birmingham Airport Police)

Responses to the post have “taken off” with members of the public responding and joking with the officers. Maurice_1960 joked: “They are really dehydrated.” Dom said: “Saw something similar last week on a very realistic MG3. Looking for some for our VW Caddy van…”

Salvatore Amico said: “I see a seat cover with a smiley face on it in a car I pass every morning. It looks like there is a passenger in the front seat.

“It always makes me jump and scares me because it’s a big smiling emoji.” Richard Stoyle said: “Lucky they had their clothes on, lol.”

Two ‘suspicious people’ seen in a car at Birmingham Airport turned out to be two one-dimensional characters – printed on car seat covers (Image: Birmingham Airport Police)

Stephen Hines said: “Anti-theft option?” While NH Wayne said: “They were popular a few years ago when there were dedicated lanes for cars with more than one occupant. If you used the lane with just the driver, you would be caught on camera and subsequently ticketed.”