Teenager travels to Spain accidentally using brother's passport- and is not stopped

Elliott Lord accidentally travelled to Spain using his older brother's passport

Elliott Lord accidentally travelled to Spain using his older brother's passport

First published in News

A holidaymaker destined for a boys trip travelled into Spain using his older brother’s passport, without security realising.

Elliot Lord, 19, a university student at St Mary’s University, Twickenham was part of a group of 26 flying with easyJet from Stansted to Palma on June 28.

He said: “My first thought when I realised the mistake was ‘how am I going to get back’?"

Elliot, of Freshwater Crescent, Heybridge, does not think he looks similar to 23-year-old brother Kieron’s passport photo.

He said: “We do look alike in real life, but not in his passport."

Elliot was surprised he passed through security, but puts it down to being in a large group.

He said: “There were 26 of us so I can understand it happening, they probably didn’t check everyone.”

Full story in this week's Standard.

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1:53pm Thu 24 Jul 14

The Stinker Returns says...

They probably didn't check...............
......... Great!
They probably didn't check............... ......... Great! The Stinker Returns
  • Score: 2

4:33pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Jack222 says...

26 people going in a group are hardly likely to be a security problem. And let's look at it - he had cleared UK to Spain so Spanish customs may also well have thought if he's fine for UK then no worries...

I am more interested in them catching security problems. They may well have known it wasn't him - but his brother - but no security issues so just ignore it...
26 people going in a group are hardly likely to be a security problem. And let's look at it - he had cleared UK to Spain so Spanish customs may also well have thought if he's fine for UK then no worries... I am more interested in them catching security problems. They may well have known it wasn't him - but his brother - but no security issues so just ignore it... Jack222
  • Score: -1

8:57am Fri 25 Jul 14

Regbluebottle says...

Thank you for highlighting a problem with a security issue at our border controls.

The criminal/terrorist community will read this with glee.
Thank you for highlighting a problem with a security issue at our border controls. The criminal/terrorist community will read this with glee. Regbluebottle
  • Score: 1

10:01am Fri 25 Jul 14

essex_al says...

Whilst he may not look like his brother's passport photo, he does not look like his own either. He has clearly aged since then.

As for a security issue, he would still have been scanned at security, so he posed no threat. Passports are not checked by immigration when you leave the country; only when you enter.

He realised once he was out there and so, presumably, made appropriate arrangements for his return.

The only issue is that the airline did not check that the name on his passport did not fully match the name on the boarding card, although, to be fair, they may have just checked the surname.

Non story really.
Whilst he may not look like his brother's passport photo, he does not look like his own either. He has clearly aged since then. As for a security issue, he would still have been scanned at security, so he posed no threat. Passports are not checked by immigration when you leave the country; only when you enter. He realised once he was out there and so, presumably, made appropriate arrangements for his return. The only issue is that the airline did not check that the name on his passport did not fully match the name on the boarding card, although, to be fair, they may have just checked the surname. Non story really. essex_al
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