Imagine being able to enter a country with a toy passport while being identified by customs agents as a purple unicorn.
You might think “Yeah, right — that’ll be the day…when unicorns fly”, but that is apparently what happened at Antalya Airport in Turkey to a nine-year-old girl from South Wales when she was traveling with her parents on vacation — and her toy passport was even officially stamped.
The passport which Emily Harris was carrying was for Lily, which is the name of her stuffed unicorn which she brought with her through customs.
Nicky Harris allegedly did not realize what had happened with her daughter until she put away the passports and supposedly briefly panicked, thinking that someone would chase after them.
Nothing happened — and that reportedly concerned the mother, thinking that it is worrisome to parents about how easy it would be to smuggle a child through customs into another country.
FlyerTalk member eastport opines that “It appears that the girl was quite young and traveling with her parents. Once the parents cleared, there wasn’t a security issue to be concerned about.
“The entry official might just have assumed that the girl wanted the bear’s passport stamped as a memento, and played along.”
What do you think? Does this incident represent a potential safety issue for children — or is this much ado about nothing more than a humorous experience for a girl, her parents and her unicorn?
Perhaps there is more to this story about which we do not know?