Passport warning because an easy mistake could get you banned from your flight
A mum has warned families going abroad this year after her holiday was nearly ruined due to a mistake with her passport.
Mum Fifi Box, a radio host in Australia, has opened up about how she was nearly arrested from her flight.
The 45-year-old was traveling from Melbourne to Fiji when she was stopped by airport staff.
Staff were concerned because her 3-year-old daughter Daisy’s passport was wet and had suffered water damage.
She explained about her radio program that they told him they might not be able to board as “Fiji border officials might not accept passports”.
Fifi said: “It was 5am and I started to have tears in my eyes.”
Eventually they were left on their flight – but said there was a risk they would be sent back on arrival
Luckily they made it to Fiji, but Fifi has since warned others to check their passports before travelling.
She was also told she would have been banned if she flew to Bali, which has very strict rules.
A number of travelers have found out the hard way – Aussie Bronte was stopped from her flight to Bali because she was told her photo ID page had mold on it.
In 2019, Australian soccer player Sam Kerr was prevented from boarding her Jetstar flight after the airline deemed her passport too damaged to fly – despite minimal wear and tear.
Also that year, a man with a nine-year-old passport described as “slightly damaged” was prevented from boarding a Batik Air flight from Perth on Christmas Day.
And a couple have lost £7,500 after their dream holiday was ‘ruined’ because their passports were found to be too damaged to travel.
Richard and Ann Lane, from Lincolnshire, were forced to miss three weeks of their three-month vacation as they were barred from entering Bali and Malaysia due to a small hole in one of their passports.
It’s not the only way to get banned from your flight this year, with some Brits not realizing there are new passport rules when traveling to Europe.
Britons must have at least three months on their passport to enter countries in Europe.
The start date – or “date of issue” – is the next thing to check on your passport to avoid any last-minute chaos.
Indeed, the new rules no longer allow Britons to have passports that have more than 10 years on them.
A woman has lost her dream £2,600 holiday due to confusion over her passport expiry dates.
If you need to renew your passport, this can be done online, costing £75.50, or via a paper application form available at the post office for £85.