Name calling and funny faces

Do you know your name?  No seriously – do you really know your name as reflected on your passport – right now – without looking it up?   Do you think the name on your driver’s licence will be the same as on your passport or your birth certificate?  The travel business is fraught with rules and regulations as to exactly how your name should appear on an airline ticket and what sort of identification you should use –  and there are some wonderful ones out there….like this…

batman id card




How cool is that – Bin means “son of” so this guy is actually Batman son of Suparman.

Of course however funny your name is don’t think about smiling on your passport photo.  No smiling allowed…. no hair in your face…no glasses.  Wow by the time you have finished all that you probably won’t look anything like the real you.  Take a look at some of these passport photos…




I don’t know how this one got through




One of my favourites….



So next time you go for your passport photo just think about going through immigration.  Yeah – that is not the time to be a smart ass – so get the hair out of your eyes, stop grinning and say cheese under your breath.

By Lesley Keyter

Lesley Keyter is the face of travel in the fast growing city of Calgary. Every week since 1997 she has has featured live on the Morning News Global TV.

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