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NO PASSPORT - NO (UK) FLIGHT
KOREAN War veteran Willie Allison was refused a flight
to London to a 50th
anniversary reunion on Monday - because he did not have
Seventy-years-old Willie, who lives at 28 Trades
Court, Stranraer, armed
with an official invitation from Clarence House, was on his
way to meet
Prince Charles at St James' Palace.
But he only got as
far as the Ryanair check-in desk at Prestwick Airport.
Willie's bus pass complete with picture and his palace
with the Prince of Wales feathers was not considered enough
So they would not let him on the plane. Blasted Willie:
did not need a passport when they sent me to Korea as a
It was only last week that Willie, a regular
attender at Black Watch
reunions in Perth, was asked if he would like to attend the
for Korean veterans by the regiment's new Colonel in
Chief, Prince Charles.
And since he was asked to take identification - a
driving licence or utility
bill - he took his phone bill.
But what would have been good enough for palace security
failed to impress
the Ryanair check-in staff.
Although Ryanair make it clear
in their conditions that some form of
identification is necessary, a driving licence with picture,
international student card, Willie did not read that far
down. He got as far as the opening paragraph that said all
passengers must present
valid photo-identification at check in and thought his
bus pass would