You’re about to board a plane and the words “have I got everything” go through your mind. Then you check for all your documents including boarding card and, of course, passport.
However, for British club doorman Josh Reed, it didn’t matter whose passport he actually had. The 6ft 3, bearded, 21-year-old travelled from London Stansted to Dortmund aboard a Ryanair flight using his petite brunette girlfriend Sophie’s passport by accident. He didn’t even realise the mix-up until he passed through security in Germany.
Speaking to The Sun, Josh explained that security staff only checked his boarding pass and he noticed the mistake when he landed at Dortmund Airport. However, he added that at no point did anyone point out that he was not Sophie Watkins.
Josh told the news provider: “We have different surnames and we couldn’t look more different. It makes you wonder how easy it would be for people that look alike to get through on fake passports.”
The bouncer, who was visiting Dortmund for a lads football holiday, was able to pass through German customs using his driving license while Sophie was able to send his passport via courier so he could return home. While he is sure he won’t be making the same mistake again, it has raised questions about the tightness of security.
A spokesman for Ryanair told Mail Online: “Our handling agent at the boarding gate mistakenly failed to check the passport of this passenger, and Swissport have assured us that appropriate steps will be taken to prevent a recurrence.
“However, it is Mr Reed’s primary responsibility to ensure that he is travelling on his valid passport in compliance with Ryanair’s terms and conditions.”
It is not the first time this kind of thing has happened. In 2012, five airline staff were suspended after an 11-year-old boarded a Jet2 flight from Manchester to Rome without a passport or boarding pass and simply tagged onto another family.