British woman detained for 32 hours at Spanish airport after losing passport
A Glasgow-based grandmother was left in a “horrible state” after being held in a “cell-like” detention centre at Spain’s Alicante Airport for 32 hours – as a result of she had mislaid her passport mid-flight.
Sharon Dempsey’s daughter says her 66-year-old mom had boarded the Glasgow to Alicante flight on the morning of seven Might with no issues, however one way or the other misplaced her passport between then and touchdown in Spain.
Adele Dempsey says that, regardless of it being a transparent mistake that occurred someplace through the journey, her mom was ‘handled like a legal’ for greater than 24 hours and supplied with solely water and bread rolls.
Adele Dempsey advised Glasgow Dwell: “My mum was stored in a detention centre on the airport, much like a cell, and wasn’t given something first rate to eat or drink. She hd two chilly rolls and water and that’s it.
“I do know that guidelines are guidelines however she was being handled like a legal – not simply somebody who had by chance misplaced her passport.”
She says the situation of the passport was a thriller, since her mom was positive she’d had it in her bag through the flight.
“She is aware of for sure that she had it when she boarded the airplane as she had it open in case it wanted to be checked. It wasn’t checked on the airplane so she put it again in her bag which was then stored beneath the seat in entrance of her.”
Sharon, who was travelling together with her brother, first observed her passport had gone astray when she was on the shuttle bus to the airport terminal.
“She began to panic and was explaining what had occurred to them in Spanish however the passport couldn’t be discovered,” Adele advised reporters.
She says her mom tried to get again on the shuttle bus or return to the plane to look, however airport workers weren’t useful when she tried to clarify.
“My uncle waited on the opposite facet of passport management and we finally advised him simply to go to the lodge and wait it out. My mum was stored there in a single day.”
Immigration officers advised Sharon Dempsey that, following Brexit, a legitimate passport stamp was wanted as a way to cross into Spain.
Adele spoke to the British consulate who suggested her to e-book her mom a flight again to Scotland, offering emergency journey paperwork for the return journey.
Nonetheless, she says Alicante Airport officers prevented her mom from boarding the flight again, saying she didn’t have the proper paperwork, and detained her in a single day as a substitute.
“There was an opportunity that she may have to attend there till Wednesday because the emergency journey paperwork take two days to course of and the Embassy in Alicante is closed for the weekend,” says Adele.
“She was clearly actually careworn however they didn’t even permit her exterior to have a cigarette or give her sizzling meals.
After greater than 30 hours in custody, says Adele, her mom was allowed on to a flight residence, albeit to Gatwick – 450 miles away from her departure level. She says Spanish officers insisted on having her mom escorted to the airplane by police.
“She was taken by police escort on the airplane arm in arm, and again off the identical approach.
“She was in a horrible state. She stated she hadn’t even washed her face and felt so soiled and was left in tears exterior Gatwick with one other lengthy wait to get again to Glasgow.”
The Residence Workplace confirmed that that they had assisted a British girl in returning to the UK after the lack of a passport.
The Unbiased has approached Alicante Airport and the Valencia Immigration Workplace for remark.
In November, the International Workplace warned British travellers to fastidiously examine their passport on leaving nations inside the EU’s Schengen Space to make sure positive they’ve obtained an exit stamp.
For the reason that finish of the Brexit transitional interval in January 2021, Britons will need to have their passports stamped on entry and exit when visiting the 26 nations inside the European zone, together with France, Spain, Italy and Greece.