A GROOM missed a flight for his dream bachelorette party after a passport error resulted in him being banned from an EasyJet flight.
Ollie Bernard, 27, and several friends had checked in for a flight from Manchester to Copenhagen, but the eagle-eyed flight crew noticed his passport was invalid when he tried to board the plane.
That meant Ollie was turned back from Manchester and had to haul all his buddies off the plane, with the journey in tatters.
And the groom and friends instead opted for a weekend of partying in Manchester, with Ollie having to take his friends to the well-priced Wetherspoons pub.
Since Brexit, rules on the validity of passports for British visitors to the EU have tightened, with some member states insisting that passports cannot be more than ten years old. One of these countries is Denmark.
Although Ollie’s passport doesn’t expire until January 2023, it was issued on May 4, 2012, meaning he missed the May 6 trip by days.
Ollie said EasyJet even checked him in without mentioning any problems and he sat at the airport drinking a few pints while waiting for the early morning flight.
“I was literally the last person to get on the plane and the woman was like, ‘Wait a minute, we need to check this out,'” he recalled.
“She said my passport wasn’t valid but I still had eight months left, it didn’t even occur to me that it would be a problem.
“I was absolutely devastated, it was awful. I felt really bad because people had spent money on flights and accommodation.”
The digital marketer, who missed the passport rules change, said its bachelorette party weekend in Copenhagen included go-karting, boating and paintball, all worth up to £270 each.
“My best man organized everything and we had a lot of things planned so we lost money on the flights and activities.
“And some friends had traveled from all over for the trip, including my brother from America, and the best man was from Sweden, so he had to fly to Manchester instead.”
But I had no idea about the new rules, it seems so ridiculous, absurd. I do feel guilty though, I kind of ruined the whole thing for everyone.”
The devastated groom said he and his bachelor party of 11 instead frequented pubs in Manchester city center – including a Wetherspoons in the city’s Piccadilly area.
“It ended up going really well, we went to Manchester and started drinking in the sun, we even went to Wetherspoons,” he said.
“We rented a soccer field on Saturday and played a six-a-side game on Sunday and went karting. We had a great weekend, so we pulled it out.”
Ollie is expected to be married on July 30 but plans to ensure his passport is fully valid for his honeymoon in Canada.
https://www.thesun.ie/travel/8769573/banned-easyjet-flight-pals-wetherspoons-passport/ I got kicked off the EasyJet flight and had to take my friends to Wetherspoons for a stag do due to a confusing passport error