Girl passes through customs as pink unicorn

2013-06-13 15:04

Antalya - It seems as though certain Turkish airport officials have the ability to recognize people by what some would call spirit or totem animals, as a nine-year-old British schoolgirl was ushered through Antalya Airport's customs using a passport that identified her as a pink unicorn.

The Daily Mail reports that Antalya airport officials stamped Emily Harris' passport and sent her through customs, seemingly without noticing that it actually belonged to a Unicorn toy called Lily Harris, and was issued by Design A Bear.

Her mother and father admitted they were left stunned after they handed their daughter the wrong passport when they landed to start a week's holiday in the country.

Her mother Nicky, 43, from Cwmbran, South Wales, said she hadn't realised the mistake until she was putting the passports away. The family had a moment of panic, expecting security to chase after them, however, nothing happened. 

"The passport doesn't even look real - it's got gold teddy bears on the front and was a completely different size from mine and my husband, Allen's. The man even asked Emily how old she was, and she told him nine, before he stamped it," she explained. 

Officials of all countries are meant to scan passports and cross-check passenger details before allowing entry to their country.

"The picture ID wasn't even of Emily, it was of a pink unicorn,' Mrs Harris said. 'And to make it worse, the unicorn wasn't even on holiday with us."

While the family saw the funny side of the story, the incident also raises pressing questions about the ease with which children can be smuggled through customs.

 
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