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.
"‘The passport doesn’t even look real — it’s got gold teddy bears on the front,’ said Harris according to the Daily News.
To make things even better, Emily had left her toy unicorn at home. And the officer "even asked Emily how old she was, and she told him nine, before he stamped it," Harris told the Daily News.
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.