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Does this make any sense?

Travel Forums General Talk Does this make any sense?

1. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 7y

So I'm wondering about just how "secure" the whole passport thing really is. Here's what happened:

Neal applied about a month ago to the U.K. passport office in Washington for a new passport. He sent his payment, his old passport, his photos--the works.

While it was still in the mail, he suddenly needed an emergency passport. So we went to the local British Consulate and filled out all the paperwork. The woman there told us you cannot have 2 applications open at the same time, so she wrote Washington to cancel his first application and issued him with an emergency passport--good for a one-way trip home.

While in Belfast, Neal applied for and received his full passport in 24 hours. The Belfast office had all the Washington info and Neal only needed to furnish new photos. Both Belfast as well as the Montreal British Consulate told him he'd receive his old voided passport as well as his money order back from Washington in a few weeks.

So Puralator delivered the package yesterday and, lo and behold, no money order. Just A SECOND brand new British passport. So now he has TWO! Isn't that illegal? How did such a sophisticated system mess that one up? I mean, it's the swanky new digital passport and everything. Sheesh! All he wanted was his $200 back.

2. Posted by beerman (Respected Member 1631 posts) 7y

Maybe he's been inducted into the Benevolent Society of Secret Agents. They all have 2 passports. I understand you can get discounts on those little garrote watches too. And black trench coats......maybe those dress shoes with the little knife that comes out the toe.....

Looks like you have some more calls to make. Ain't government bureaucracy grand?

3. Posted by soupatrvlr (Respected Member 385 posts) 7y

Looks like you're just gonna have to do a lot of traveling over the next ten years so he can fill up one and then start on the other!

4. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 7y

Does he have an identical twin brother that needs a passport?