Botched Border Control – Unicorn Passport Gets Through Customs

We all know how much of a crack down border security has become in the recent years since 9/11. Coming from Northern Ireland myself I’m no stranger to being stopped for searches going into airports, on the roads leading up to airports at  custom built army car security points, or even going into shops and having handbag searches as routine. All that said, Northern Ireland has pulled back a lot of these security measures in line with the rest of the world and has stuck to the airport security measures, dropping the shopping and car checkpoints, unless given reasons to do so. For us in fact, the airport security so called ‘heightened’ measures almost feel a bit relaxed.

Not so in Turkey it seems.

Emily Harris, aged 9 from Wales, was able to use a passport for her toy Unicorn named Lily to get through the Turkish customs line. It seems her mum Nicky accidentally handed over the toy’s passport instead of her daughters when she was handing in the family passports for viewing. She only realised her mistake when it was stamped and handed back to her, thinking that security would come after them, but nothing happened except her daughter was identified as a unicorn, and let to pass.

Emily Harris and Lily the Unicorn's passport - Source Daily Mail UK Caters News Agency

Emily Harris and Lily the Unicorn’s passport – Source Daily Mail UK Caters News Agency

The unicorn’s passport was a completely different size to the others, and had a gold bear on the cover. The image inside was of a purple unicorn, and not of Emily, and, topping it off, the unicorn was not even on holiday with the family at the time.

Interestingly, the man even asked Emily for her age, before then stamping her through  customs as a Unicorn named Lily.

Unicorn Lily Source Daily Mail UK - Caters News Agency

Unicorn Lily Source Daily Mail UK – Caters News Agency

The family were shocked of course, but saw the funny side. It does however raise much more real concerns about the movement of smuggling children through borders.

The Passport  - Source Daily Mail UK Caters News Agencyq

The Passport – Source Daily Mail UK Caters News Agency

the passpoThe Passport Stamp at Antalya Airport, Turkey  - Source Daily Mail UK Caters News Agency

The Passport Stamp at Antalya Airport, Turkey – Source Daily Mail UK Caters News Agency

Sources:

Dailymail.co.uk

news.com.au

caters news.

http://www.news.com.au/travel/news/emily-harris-uses-unicorn-passport-to-get-through-turkish-customs/story-e6frfq80-1226662863144

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2340135/Schoolgirl-9-passes-Turkish-customs-toy-passport-identifying-UNICORN.html

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/schoolgirl-enters-turkey-using-pretend-1948849

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Categories: Multiculturalism, Parenting & Family, Politics, Law, Uncategorized

Author:Lou

Digital and Comms nerd working in an INGO. PhD researcher (technology / gender / International development / fragile and conflict affected states / South Sudan). Bibliophile. Writer. Musician. Views my own.

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