At lunchtime on Wednesday 10 November, Clarice Easson and her husband Alan reported to the Manchester airport departure gate for his or her easyJet flight to Paphos in Cyprus.
The couple, from Hoylake within the Wirral, had dropped off their baggage and gone by way of safety. However as they ready to board, easyJet floor workers mentioned Ms Easson couldn’t journey –claiming her passport was not legitimate for journey to European Union nations, together with Cyprus.
All their papers had been so as forward of the two,123-mile journey – together with a accomplished Cyprus flight cross to adjust to the island’s Covid rule.
Ms Easson’s passport met each situations imposed by the European Union for “third nations” – because the UK has develop into due to Brexit.
The doc was issued on 12 January 2012 and expires on 12 June 2022, that means it was issued inside the previous 10 years and has greater than three months’ validity after the couple’s meant vacation.
However easyJet workers on the gate determined she couldn’t journey.
Ms Easson’s son, David, instructed The Impartial: “Mum was denied entry and instructed that they’d expertise of shoppers being circled straight at Paphos airport.
“The workers member mentioned she had denied a number of individuals on the gate earlier than.”
The couple requested to take their probabilities at Paphos airport however had been denied entry to the flight.
In a phone name after the flight departed, easyJet provided to refund – within the type of a voucher – three-quarters of the £360 price of the flight.
David Easson mentioned: “Dad prompt he would possibly escalate the grievance however was instructed on the cellphone line that having a sound passport is completely the accountability of the holder and has nothing to do with the airline.”
Underneath European air passengers’ rights guidelines, which have continued in drive after Brexit, the airline should pay every of them £350 money in compensation along with a full refund of the flights for denying them boarding.
1000’s of travellers are believed to have been wrongly turned away from flights to the European Union because the UK ban on worldwide journey ended on 17 Might.
The Impartial has repeatedly reminded airways in regards to the European guidelines. The UK authorities continues to misrepresent them, advising travellers “on the day you journey you [must] have not less than six months left in your passport”.
The official recommendation says: “Your passport should even be lower than 10 years outdated on the day after you allow.
“For those who renewed your present passport earlier than the earlier one expired, further months could have been added to its expiry date. Any further months in your passport over 10 years could not depend in the direction of the minimal interval wanted.”
A UK authorities spokesperson mentioned: “The European Fee has explicitly suggested us, together with in correspondence acquired [on 10 November 2021], that the situations of a passport being lower than 10 years outdated and legitimate for 3 months post-return date are cumulative.
“We’re partaking with the Fee to hunt additional clarification and, if that is now not the case, will replace our recommendation in the end.”
However a spokesperson for the European Fee confirmed: “The situation that the passport should have been issued inside the earlier 10 years doesn’t prolong at some stage in the meant keep. It’s sufficient if this situation is fulfilled in the meanwhile of entry.
“To present a sensible instance, a non-EU traveller arriving on 1 December 2021 for a 20 days keep within the EU with a passport issued on 2 December 2011 and legitimate till 2 April 2022 will likely be allowed entry.”
The recommendation offered by easyJet on-line can also be improper, saying UK passport holders travelling to the EU should have six months’ remaining. Ryanair makes an analogous assertion, insisting passengers tick a field confirming their passport has not less than six months to run.