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Expired passport scuttles Oklahoma City woman's dream trip

An Oklahoma City woman recently wrote into Conde Nast magazine to tell of her experience losing out on a dream trip to Italy because she managed to get from Oklahoma City, all the way to Rome with a passport that was expired.

“Jill W.” acknowledges that it was her fault that she grabbed the wrong passport on the morning of her and her husband’s OKC flight to Rome but wonders how she was able to get all the way to Rome without authorities noticing at any one of the 5,000 times your passport is checked before boarding an international flight.

On a recent trip home from Paris my passport was checked at check in, three seperate times while going through security and then one more time as I was walking onto the jetway to board the plane.

Bottom line: Don’t keep expired passports around because they might confuse you. Two, apparently you can get halfway around the world on an expired passport.

Here’s hoping Jill and her husband get to return to Italy soon.


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Matt Patterson

Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun.... Read more ›