Passport is sacred when travelling abroad. But what would happen when your passport got torn right before you enter your plane?
This happened last November 2015 – particularly when our country held the ASEAN meeting in Manila and NAIA cancelled some of the international flights to give way to ASEAN delegates and caused us to fly from Clark International Airport. Btw my destination was at Narita Airport – Japan with connecting flight at Inchon International Airport (South Korea)along with my office mates for a company outing.
We have travelled for 2 hours from Makati and arrived 2 hours earlier prior to our departure at Clark. Upon checking in, I’ve handed my passport along with my e-ticket to the officer at baggage check in counter. She scanned it for a few minutes and then told me that my passport has a torn off piece. What the officer did was just put a scotch tape at the back part of the torn off piece to make it adhere on the overall info page. This wouldn’t have even happened if some caution was exercised in handling my passport.
I don’t know what to do by that time, I’m afraid I will not make it to my flight by that time if I make it a big deal. I just nodded to her and proceed with the immigration. But deep inside me I am so nervous. What if I need to fix my passport first before departing? What am I gonna do if this will be noticed at airports of Korea (connecting flight) and Japan? I also have to endure this upon coming back.
But luckily, the Lord is with me all the time. He never allowed any staff from the airports to notice it. Some of my friends told me that this incident is a trend at Clark Airport and the immigration guys will charge you several bucks before they allow you to depart.
Below is a photo of my torn passport. As you can see the torn off page is obviously done purposely and not by an accident. As of now I already replace / renewed my passport and this time, I will definitely make sure it will not be torn again by anybody.
As a piece of advice, never let your passport off your sight and pay attention to anyone who handle it even if they are airport personnel or a friend. You will never know what will happen to you if this important document g Continue reading “Torn Passport at Clark International Airport”