A NEW woman has claimed her honeymoon was ruined after her husband was banned from her flight over a change in passport rules.
The newly married couple Christian Young, 49, and his wife Emily have been wanting to fly to Santorini with TUI for a week.
The couple arrived at East Midlands Airport (EMA) on May 19 after dreaming of a perfect holiday in the middle of the Aegean Sea in Greece and celebrated the start of their marriage.
Mr Young, a lorry driver in Melbourne, Derbyshire, said they spent £2,000 on their honeymoon.
However, their long-awaited vacation was cut short after checking in at the airport.
“A woman and a man came up to us and told me I couldn’t fly. They told us to leave the airport,” added Mr Young.
Since Britain left the EU, Brits must have issued their passports within the last ten years.
Also, it must be valid for at least three months on the day you leave the EU, while some reports advise six months to be safe.
Mr Young’s passport expires in December this year, but the date of issue was April 2012, meaning the ten-year period has expired.
The heartbroken husband said he had never heard of the newly introduced rule before confronting it himself.
“Even if I knew about it, I couldn’t fly, and that’s the problem. It can take up to 10 weeks to get a new passport and this rule was recently introduced almost overnight,” he added.
“There were no etiquette rules, I was just told a straight no and then we were asked to leave the airport,” he recalls. “I’m so very disappointed – my wife hasn’t been away in six years.”
The couple fell in love at first sight after meeting through dating app Bumble in September last year.
Mr Young said it “just clicked” from the start.
He fell in love with 54-year-old Emily Young, who works in sales. They moved in together over Christmas.
They had their wedding in April of this year.
Mr Young said: “It just felt natural. It felt right. We felt very comfortable with each other very quickly.”
Now that there’s no honeymoon in sight and no exotic vacation in sight, the couple is hoping for at least some compensation.
“There’s the financial aspect, but also that I can’t book any more time off this summer,” he said.
“I booked ten days for this only to find out I can’t go. It’s ridiculous and disappointing. It completely ruined our honeymoon.”
He said they have insurance but it doesn’t cover any change in passport rules.
Mr Young said: “It just seems like it came out of the blue and there’s nothing we can do about it.”
A TUI spokesman said: “We are sorry to hear about Mr Young’s experience and understand his disappointment that he was not able to start his honeymoon as planned.
“As we have informed him of the change in passport validity rules and reminded him to check his passport at the time of booking and again on his booking confirmation, our normal terms and conditions apply.
“We have advised Mr Young to contact his travel insurance provider and have offered a goodwill gesture if they are unable to assist.”
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