A Kiveton Park widow got through two British passport checkpoints and flew all the way to Spain on a family holiday - using her late husband’s passport.
Pauline Briggs, 64, arrived in Fuerteventura with her granddaughter, grandson-in-law and their two children after she went through one passport check when got to the airport and a second as she boarded the plane.
The grandmother of ten was left beweildered as a passport control officer queried where Mr Briggs was.
She said: “It really threw me. I said to him, ‘I’m Pauline Briggs’, but he said, ‘But where is Mr Briggs?’ and I said, ‘Well... he’s dead’.
“He then showed us the passport and the mistake was realised.”
At first it looked like Pauline would have to jet back to Rotherham but security on the Canary Island allowed her and her family through the gates - handing Pauline a holiday lifeline as she was left to arrange for a temporary passport.
She said: “I know it was my mistake to pick up the wrong passport, but I am appalled at the lack of security.”
“I am an innocent holidaymaker – but what if I had sinister motives? It’s not very reassuring.”