A nine-year-old girl from Wales made it through airport security in the Turkish city of Antalya using a passport identifying her as a pink unicorn named Lily.
Though border security officials are supposed to carefully scrutinize all passports, the official apparently didn’t look close enough to realise the photo wasn’t actually of Emily, but was in fact one of her favourite stuffed animal.
It wasn’t until the whole family had passed through immigration that her parents realised they had handed Emily the wrong passport.
Stunned by the occurrence, her mother Nicky told The Daily Mail: “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.”
“The passport doesn’t even look real - it’s got gold teddy bears on the front and was a completely different size from mine and my husband, Allen’s. The man even asked Emily how old she was, and she told him nine, before he stamped it.”
Though it’s easy to see the funny side of the situation, the incident has raised some concerns over the issue of child smuggling.
Lily the unicorn did not accompany the family on their Turkish holiday.