Girl passes customs with passport picturing her as pink unicorn

A customs agent in Turkey was unable to tell the difference between a real U.K. passport and a plastic toy passport belonging to a pink unicorn. Credit: Getty Images
A customs agent in Turkey was unable to tell the difference between a real U.K. passport and a plastic toy passport belonging to a pink unicorn.
Credit: Getty Images

Don’t worry, parents. All that a kidnapper apparently needs to cart your child onto international turf is a plastic passport with a picture of a unicorn.

Emily Harris, a 9-year-old girl from Wales, was traveling on vacation with her parents for a week-long trip to Turkey when a customs agent accidentally mistook her for the pink unicorn, named Lily, pictured in a passport photo belonging to her handmade stuffed animal toy from Design-a-Bear.

“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,” said the girl’s mother, Nicky.

Although customs agents are meant to verify personal identification details before letting travelers of any age pass their stations into any new country, much less the currently contentious Turkey, Mrs. Harris told the New York Daily News: “The man even asked Emily how old she was, and she told him 9, before he stamped it.”

The family only noticed the mistake afterward. They expected to be caught or detained, but were surprised to find that they’d successfully gotten away with the mistaken identity.

“And to make it worse,” Mrs. Harris contended, “the unicorn wasn’t even on holiday with us.”

 

Click for images of Emily Harris, her pink unicorn and her fake passport.


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