Cwmbran girl's passport for toy unicorn gets her through Turkish customs

TOY STORY: Emily Harris got through immigration controls at a Turkish airport after proffering her unicorn’s ‘passport’

STAMP OF APPROVAL: Emily Harris’ unicorn passport with its official mark

PASSPORT PROBLEM: Emily Harris’ toy passport

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A FAMILY were left bemused after their daughter passed through passport control at a Turkish airport using a passport identifying her as a unicorn.

The girl’s mother, Nicky Harris, explained that on May 28, she, husband Allen and their daughter, Emily, arrived at Antalya airport in Turkey, to start their one week family holiday.

Mrs Harris, from Pontnewydd, Cwmbran, picked up what she thought were their three passports from her bag to hand to the woman at passport control.

The officer checked the passports, and even asked Emily her age, to which Emily replied “nine”, before she stamped them and let the family through.

It was only when they got outside that Mrs Harris realised that instead of handing in Emily’s passport, she had shown her daughter’s Design-a-Bear passport for a Unicorn toy called Lily Harris.

She said: “I didn’t realise until I was putting the passports away. There was a moment of panic when I thought someone would come chasing after us, but nothing.”

She explained that the passport didn’t even look real, being a different size, featuring gold teddy bears on the front and the picture ID was of the toy.

She added: “We saw the funny side and laughed at the fact that the officer had even stamped the passport.

“But at the same time, it’s a worry to any parent how easy it would be to smuggle a child through customs and into another country.”

Even though Lily’s passport was stamped, the toy wasn’t even on the family holiday and had been left at home in Cwmbran.

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1:09pm Wed 12 Jun 13

Katie Re-Registered says...

Awww...What a refreshing difference though, from the currently en-vogue, vastly over-the-top US style airport security in which instance they'd probably have called an emergency presidential conference, mobilised a myriad of swat teams and sent the FBI accompanied by several divisions of bull-necked marines on a frantic worldwide search to verify the existence of any unicorns that might be capable of threatening homeland security:)
Awww...What a refreshing difference though, from the currently en-vogue, vastly over-the-top US style airport security in which instance they'd probably have called an emergency presidential conference, mobilised a myriad of swat teams and sent the FBI accompanied by several divisions of bull-necked marines on a frantic worldwide search to verify the existence of any unicorns that might be capable of threatening homeland security:) Katie Re-Registered
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2:01pm Wed 12 Jun 13

inkyskin says...

i find this story VERY hard to believe, more likely that customs stamped her toys passport too as a nice gesture..my son has one of these passports and his has been stamped too, bizarrely i didn't feel the need to go to the newspapers about it!
i find this story VERY hard to believe, more likely that customs stamped her toys passport too as a nice gesture..my son has one of these passports and his has been stamped too, bizarrely i didn't feel the need to go to the newspapers about it! inkyskin
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3:12pm Wed 12 Jun 13

llundain says...

It isn't often you come across a 'heartwarming' story such as this which also has a little bit about the worrying possibility of child trafficking thrown in for good measure.
It isn't often you come across a 'heartwarming' story such as this which also has a little bit about the worrying possibility of child trafficking thrown in for good measure. llundain
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7:33pm Wed 12 Jun 13

Kelly23 says...

This is a ture story and it did really happen she my ill bro friend don't comment in less u no the truth her mum put wat happened on vBulletin and the Argus women ask could she go to her house to take pictures !!
This is a ture story and it did really happen she my ill bro friend don't comment in less u no the truth her mum put wat happened on vBulletin and the Argus women ask could she go to her house to take pictures !! Kelly23
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7:33pm Wed 12 Jun 13

Gary500@live.co.ik says...

You think that's bad I managed to get back from Portugal without a Passport luckily in my case. But what about security ......,
You think that's bad I managed to get back from Portugal without a Passport luckily in my case. But what about security ......, Gary500@live.co.ik
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7:35pm Wed 12 Jun 13

Kelly23 says...

On Facebook*** I mean not vBulletin lol
On Facebook*** I mean not vBulletin lol Kelly23
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7:37pm Wed 12 Jun 13

Kelly23 says...

She even when thought customer
She even when thought customer Kelly23
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8:25pm Wed 12 Jun 13

kazz40 says...

this is a true story..and for anyone who wants to be horrible about it..the fact is my mate didn't even think of going to papers etc..it was us her mates who said she should alert people too this situation!!
The fact of the matter is it happened!! and its a scary thing to think that passport control isnt even checking properly!! so if you havent got anything nice to say then dont say anything at all..you dont know this family so dont judge them..:)
this is a true story..and for anyone who wants to be horrible about it..the fact is my mate didn't even think of going to papers etc..it was us her mates who said she should alert people too this situation!! The fact of the matter is it happened!! and its a scary thing to think that passport control isnt even checking properly!! so if you havent got anything nice to say then dont say anything at all..you dont know this family so dont judge them..:) kazz40
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8:39pm Wed 12 Jun 13

wales1 says...

I love how quick people are easy to judge this is a true story and in all the sites my family have been slated for wanting our 15mins of fame .....yes we went through visa with her passport then put them away not realising there was another passport control this is where I pulled out the teddy passport by mistake .....the passport was stamped and my dds passport has no official stamp in it contrary to everyone on the sun and daily mail website saying it was .....maybe people should not be so judgemental and actually think how hurtful comments can be ....Turkey is a lovely country we have never slated it this was one of the best holidays we have had .....maybe just maybe people will think how there comments are nasty but there again I doubt that will happen !!
I love how quick people are easy to judge this is a true story and in all the sites my family have been slated for wanting our 15mins of fame .....yes we went through visa with her passport then put them away not realising there was another passport control this is where I pulled out the teddy passport by mistake .....the passport was stamped and my dds passport has no official stamp in it contrary to everyone on the sun and daily mail website saying it was .....maybe people should not be so judgemental and actually think how hurtful comments can be ....Turkey is a lovely country we have never slated it this was one of the best holidays we have had .....maybe just maybe people will think how there comments are nasty but there again I doubt that will happen !! wales1
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10:18pm Wed 12 Jun 13

A.R. Gus says...

Who cares!
Who cares! A.R. Gus
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10:19pm Wed 12 Jun 13

johndoe80 says...

I can't believe all the comments paranoidly worrying about security... You're really begging to have what's left of your freedom taken away, don't you?
I can't believe all the comments paranoidly worrying about security... You're really begging to have what's left of your freedom taken away, don't you? johndoe80
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1:03am Thu 13 Jun 13

hirise says...

@ ar gus you care by commenting on it
@ ar gus you care by commenting on it hirise
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8:36am Thu 13 Jun 13

Kelly23 says...

A,R. Gus says who care ........ y spented time read it if you don't care
A,R. Gus says who care ........ y spented time read it if you don't care Kelly23
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9:15am Thu 13 Jun 13

n51w03 says...

How did she manage to get back into the UK without a real passport ?
How did she manage to get back into the UK without a real passport ? n51w03
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2:58pm Thu 13 Jun 13

Mr Bump. says...

n51w03 wrote:
How did she manage to get back into the UK without a real passport ?
She's a unicorn, she can fly.
[quote][p][bold]n51w03[/bold] wrote: How did she manage to get back into the UK without a real passport ?[/p][/quote]She's a unicorn, she can fly. Mr Bump.
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3:00pm Thu 13 Jun 13

Mr Bump. says...

Mr Bump. wrote:
n51w03 wrote:
How did she manage to get back into the UK without a real passport ?
She's a unicorn, she can fly.
Oops please ignore my silliness that's a pegasus.
[quote][p][bold]Mr Bump.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]n51w03[/bold] wrote: How did she manage to get back into the UK without a real passport ?[/p][/quote]She's a unicorn, she can fly.[/p][/quote]Oops please ignore my silliness that's a pegasus. Mr Bump.
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5:20pm Thu 13 Jun 13

Mervyn James says...

And they wonder how terrorists get to the UK, bearing in mind these people travel through Turkey to get into Europe. Once they walk past the Turkish border controls with mickey mouse passports then it is a straight run to here....
And they wonder how terrorists get to the UK, bearing in mind these people travel through Turkey to get into Europe. Once they walk past the Turkish border controls with mickey mouse passports then it is a straight run to here.... Mervyn James
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10:19am Fri 14 Jun 13

Gareth says...

Mr Bump. wrote:
Mr Bump. wrote:
n51w03 wrote:
How did she manage to get back into the UK without a real passport ?
She's a unicorn, she can fly.
Oops please ignore my silliness that's a pegasus.
that was almost comedy gold :-)
[quote][p][bold]Mr Bump.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mr Bump.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]n51w03[/bold] wrote: How did she manage to get back into the UK without a real passport ?[/p][/quote]She's a unicorn, she can fly.[/p][/quote]Oops please ignore my silliness that's a pegasus.[/p][/quote]that was almost comedy gold :-) Gareth
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7:17pm Sun 16 Jun 13

white white says...

wales1 wrote:
I love how quick people are easy to judge this is a true story and in all the sites my family have been slated for wanting our 15mins of fame .....yes we went through visa with her passport then put them away not realising there was another passport control this is where I pulled out the teddy passport by mistake .....the passport was stamped and my dds passport has no official stamp in it contrary to everyone on the sun and daily mail website saying it was .....maybe people should not be so judgemental and actually think how hurtful comments can be ....Turkey is a lovely country we have never slated it this was one of the best holidays we have had .....maybe just maybe people will think how there comments are nasty but there again I doubt that will happen !!
It's a nice story .I wouldn't worry about negative comments I'd would like to think that the security officer was just being nice to the child
[quote][p][bold]wales1[/bold] wrote: I love how quick people are easy to judge this is a true story and in all the sites my family have been slated for wanting our 15mins of fame .....yes we went through visa with her passport then put them away not realising there was another passport control this is where I pulled out the teddy passport by mistake .....the passport was stamped and my dds passport has no official stamp in it contrary to everyone on the sun and daily mail website saying it was .....maybe people should not be so judgemental and actually think how hurtful comments can be ....Turkey is a lovely country we have never slated it this was one of the best holidays we have had .....maybe just maybe people will think how there comments are nasty but there again I doubt that will happen !![/p][/quote]It's a nice story .I wouldn't worry about negative comments I'd would like to think that the security officer was just being nice to the child white white
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