9-Year-Old Girl Clears Customs Using Fake Passport For Her Stuffed Unicorn
If you've ever worried about how safe it is to travel with your children internationally, you might not want to read this article. According to a report from the UK publication The Sun, 9-year-old Emily Harris cleared customs in Turkey using a passport — wait for it — for her pet unicorn!
The mix-up occurred when Emily’s mother, Nicky, accidentally handed her a toy passport, which was made for fun by Emily for her stuffed animal, as they were entering a control stand in Antalya. Instead of catching the glaring mistake, however, the border staff failed to realize that the passport — complete with gold teddy bears adorning the front — was fake and gave the girl entrance into the country.
The South Wales mom told The Sun, “I didn't realize until I was putting the passports away. There was a moment of panic when I thought someone would come chasing after us, but nothing.” As she pointed out, the ID doesn't even look real, since it’s a different size than regular passports. What’s worse is the border agent even asked Emily how old she was before he stamped the fake passport. And get this — the photo inside the passport? It’s of a pink unicorn!
“We saw the funny side, and laughed at the fact that the officer had even stamped the passport,” the 43-year-old mother told The Sun. “But at the same time, it’s a worry to any parent, how easy it would be to smuggle a child through customs and into another country.” Uh, yeah!
Have you ever had a similar experience while traveling?