Passport rules: 'Escorted through the airport like a criminal'

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Passport rules: 'Escorted through the airport like a criminal'

Am I alone in thinking that these people have only themselves to blame in the main? Yes, the fact that you could fly to the USA but not Europe is stupid, but the situation has hardly been hidden. It has been all over the press for a long time (wasn't there a TV campaign?) and every holiday/flight booking I have made reminds me of it ad infinitum (actually, I can hear Simon Calder repeating it in my sleep! LOL) OK, the holiday/flight companies could have put something in place to identify the issue at API time - but even then it would often be too late to do anything about it. The article even says people have been trying to claim compensation as they say they were not told (don't get me started about ladies saying they did not know the pension age was changing) Pure Nanny state
 
Passport rules: 'Escorted through the airport like a criminal'

Am I alone in thinking that these people have only themselves to blame in the main? Yes, the fact that you could fly to the USA but not Europe is stupid, but the situation has hardly been hidden. It has been all over the press for a long time (wasn't there a TV campaign?) and every holiday/flight booking I have made reminds me of it ad infinitum (actually, I can hear Simon Calder repeating it in my sleep! LOL) OK, the holiday/flight companies could have put something in place to identify the issue at API time - but even then it would often be too late to do anything about it. The article even says people have been trying to claim compensation as they say they were not told (don't get me started about ladies saying they did not know the pension age was changing) Pure Nanny state
Steady Gollom.
At this rate I'll have to sign you up to The League of Old Pharts:p
 
Am I alone in thinking that these people have only themselves to blame in the main?
No, you’re not.

Mind you, it perfectly demonstrates the pettiness of the EU bureaucracy that British passports are accepted as valid up until the printed expiry date everywhere in the world except for EU countries.
 
"Jane Opher, 61, in London, said she was "traumatised" after being told she and her partner couldn't board their flight to Barcelona"

I dread to think what her mental state would be if she broke a fingernail!
 
I dread to think what her mental state would be if she broke a fingernail!
Presumably, based upon her being "traumatised" at being denied boarding, she'd be suicidal?

Nothing like a bit of hyperbole to spice up a non-story :rolleyes:
 
No, you're not alone in thinking that. It's become the norm that everything untoward that happens is always someone else's fault.
"Waaa, nobody told me it wasn't valid."
"Yes they did, it was all over TV, radio and press."
"Waaa, nobody told me when I booked."
"They told you to check your travel documents were valid."
"Waaa, it's not fair."

And so on. Eventually they'll become grown-ups and take responsibility for their own life.
 
My brother, his wife and 2 of his 3 children went off on their holidays last summer to Italy.

His wife (a seasoned traveller) didn’t check her passport dates properly and wasn’t allowed to fly. She had a lonely drive home from Gatwick to Newbury.

We’re not allowed to mention it at family gatherings!!
 
My brother, his wife and 2 of his 3 children went off on their holidays last summer to Italy.

His wife (a seasoned traveller) didn’t check her passport dates properly and wasn’t allowed to fly. She had a lonely drive home from Gatwick to Newbury.

We’re not allowed to mention it at family gatherings!!
Bet that put a dampener on the third child’s holiday activities!
 
Bet that put a dampener on the third child’s holiday activities!
It most certainly did.
The child left behind is the one who’s recently joined the Paras and I think he had plenty of shenanigans planned with his style well and truly cramped. 🤣🤣
 
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No, you’re not.

Mind you, it perfectly demonstrates the pettiness of the EU bureaucracy that British passports are accepted as valid up until the printed expiry date everywhere in the world except for EU countries.
About 40 countries outside Europe require passports to be valid for at least 6 months on the day of entry.

But any country can change its entry requirements at any time, so it makes sense to check a country’s entry requirements well before travel in case a new passport is needed. Unfortunately, very many travellers lack the sense to check, knowing they can moan to the media when things go pear-shaped!

 

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