While unicorns are not real, this one got a stamp from Turkish customs officers at Antalya Airport.
Traveling can often make us flustered, but few travel mistakes beat that of 43-year-old Nicky Harris. Traveling to Turkey from South Wales on holiday, she accidentally handed customs a fake passport and got away with it.
And it was not just any fake passport. In lieu of her nine-year-old daughter Emily's identification, Harris offered customs a TOY passport displaying the picture of a pink unicorn — Lilly Harris — that Emily had created for her stuffed animal as an art project.
Harris said she didn't notice the mix-up until she was through customs and putting the passports away.
"There was a moment of panic when I thought someone would come chasing after us, but nothing," she recounted. Yes, the story is absurd and hilarious. But the incident is also a little bit terrifying.
Granted that Nicky Harris meant no harm, one should NOT be able to smuggle a child through airport customs. After laughing it off, Harris realized "how easy it would be to smuggle a child through customs and into another country," she said.
Those Turkish officials must be pretty disappointed with themselves right about now. And with good reason. Let's hope they get a stern talking to, or at least a good lesson about mythical creatures.