Here’s something to keep in mind the next time you travel internationally: if your passport is a bit beaten up, you might get sent home. It’s an expensive lesson one British couple learned last year.
While trying to clear customs on their way to Bali, Richard Lane discovered there was a small hole in one of the pages, which caused it not to scan. After detention in the airport, the 76-year-old was told he wouldn’t be allowed to fly.
Lane eventually secured an emergency travel document. But with the delays and extra flights, it wound up costing them nearly $10,000 USD extra.
“We were so disappointed. You can’t predict getting a hole in your passport, so we were just staggered,” said Lane, appearing on the BBC TV program, Rip Off Britain .