Easyjet decide your valid passport isn’t valid

June 20th, 2013 8 Comments By Lucy Sweet

If you’re flying to Cyprus with Easyjet on a soon-to-expire-passport this summer, you’d better haul your ass to the post office pronto. In their infinite wisdom, they’ve decided that you need three months validity on your passport to travel there– even though it’s in the EU.

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The Cypriot authorities and the Foreign Office say come on in and have some moussaka, as long as your passport is valid for the duration of your stay. That’s the rule across the EU. But for some reason Easyjet has declared some kind of special idiot three month rule and isn’t letting stressed out holidaymakers board their flights in Britain.

One passenger was recently refused boarding because his passport expired in August, and had to kiss goodbye to his annual holiday. Oh, and easyjet refused to refund the cost of his flight. Nice, eh?

In its defence for this indefensible move, Easyjet said: “Entry requirements can and do change regularly and differ considerably by the nationality of the arriving passenger. Ultimately, it is the individual passenger’s responsibility to ensure that their travel documentation is valid for the country to which they are flying.’


“If passengers do not have documentation which complies with the relevant regulations then airlines have no choice but to deny boarding to those passengers.’

(HE DID – which complied with Foreign Office regulations, not jumped up orange Oompa Loompa budget airline made-up regulations.)

I feel a lawsuit coming on.

Comments (8) Jump to most recent comment
  1. Posted by Chewbacca June 20, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    One wonders why it’s possible for all these immigrants to turn up on our shores with no fucking passports at all…

  2. Posted by Inspector Gadget June 20, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    I suspect that they had oversold the flight (due to their policy of overselling flights) and needed to make room. This policy was was an easy way to offload a customer without having to put them on the next flight.

  3. Posted by Justin Manchester AfterDark June 20, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Amazing that airlines can use spurious reasons to deny you the service you’ve paid in advance for, yet think they can keep your money.

    Still, with forums, Watchdog, social media, etc. to complain on these days, you’d hope that would get knocked on the head sharpish?

  4. Posted by Smithy Smith June 21, 2013 at 6:36 am

    I think that is Fair enough. This should be the practice of all airlines.

  5. Posted by Grammar Nazi June 21, 2013 at 9:17 am

    @Smithy Smith – how is it fair enough? His passport was valid? If all airlines refuse you travel if your passport has 3 months left then effectively the duration of validity of your passport decreases by 3 months.

  6. Posted by Dick June 21, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    I hope he sues them. £100 for the flight. £500 for the hotel costs. And £5M for stress.

  7. Posted by Not Bovvered. June 21, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    All budget airlines have to have completely unreasonable rules in order to let them bin at least a few passengers from every flight.

    Otherwise they could only sell as many tickets as the ‘plane had seats…. And that’s no good!

  8. Reading Lucy’s articles is like listening to a Daily Mail Reader whose wife has just been voluntarily impregnated by someone who looked foreign.

    Who isn’t getting a new passport when they have less than 6 months left? they add the 6 months on the end of the new passport … so instead of ending in 10 years it ends in 10 years 6 months.

    I might be applying common sense to people who obviously don’t have it but thats the way it is.

    Maybe the gent in question should have realised as it was “his annual holiday” mornic fuckwit

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