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?