Monday, August 14, 2006

Passport to nowhere

Passport photograph of girl's bare shoulders rejected 'as it may offend'
By Paul Stokes
(Filed: 14/08/2006)

A five-year-old girl's passport application was rejected because her photograph showed her bare shoulders.
Hannah Edwards's mother, Jane, was told that the exposed skin might be considered offensive in a Muslim country.
The photograph was taken at a photo-booth at a local post office for a family trip to the south of France.
Because of the way the camera was set up, the picture came out showing Hannah's shoulders.
The family had it signed and presented it at a post office with the completed form but were told that it would not be accepted by the Passport Office.
Daily Telegraph


Blogger Cat in Rabat ( كات في الرباط) said...

I can't help but think that the bare shoulders of a kindergarten-aged child could only offend a culture that already deems her a sexual being. *Sigh*

8:37 AM  
Blogger ByronB said...

Think she's got 4 years to go before M himself would fancy her!

The whole thing is silly - the only person to see the photograph would be the passport officer at the airport, and he would be looking to identify the subject, so it's all a bit academic really.

Sadly, it's a case of too much power in the hands of someone not qualified to wield it.

1:28 PM  
Blogger Cat in Rabat ( كات في الرباط) said...

I have a sense of The Emperor With No Clothes-syndrome. I have no problem making concessions to the sensibilities of others but when they get downright silly, someone has to say something ...

7:23 AM  
Blogger ByronB said...

Here we are - I have solved the problem!! See attached transparent filter page which can be used without fear on entering or leaving a Muslim country. These pages can be stuck in your passport at very little cost. (Patent pending).

8:29 AM  

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