Sheringham shop worker headed for Kavos on lads’ holiday takes two days to complete three-hour flight after passport mix up
PUBLISHED: 08:53 31 May 2017 | UPDATED: 13:02 31 May 2017
It is every traveller’s worst nightmare - to get to the airport only to realise they have forgotten their passport.
But for one man from Sheringham, it was just the beginning of a two-day ordeal.
When Nathan Webb, of Lawson Way, and two of his friends jumped into a taxi early on a Monday morning, they thought they were prepared for the holiday of a lifetime to Kavos, in Corfu, Greece.
Unfortunately when the 20-year-old arrived at Stansted Airport’s boarding gate at 4.15am, he reached into his bag and pulled out his father Kevin’s out-of-date passport.
Facing missing his flight, he quickly called his dad.
Kevin Webb, 47, a postman, said: “I thought to myself ‘oh no, what’s he done now?’.
“I thought if I drove down there then he would make his flight, but I didn’t realise they would shut the gate at half five.
“When I got there I gave him his passport and wished him a good holiday - I had no idea about the fiasco that was about to happen.”
Nathan managed to get himself booked on the next available flight to Kavos, at 6pm.
After spending 12 hours at Stansted he boarded the plane to Kavos. It was when he landed he realised something had gone terribly wrong - he was in Kos, a Greek island nearly 560 miles (900km) away.
In a panic, and with barely any battery left on his phone, he rang his sister Kayleigh, who was on holiday herself in Tenerife.
She managed to organise for a holiday representative to collect him and arrange accommodation for the night. In the morning he was booked onto the next flight to Kavos, at 6pm, via Athens.
He finally arrived in Kavos at around midnight before enduring a one-and-a-half hour bus journey to his hotel and eventually arrived at his destination two days later than planned.
Kevin said: “He had been the talk of the town on Facebook, and the hotel in Kavos where he was staying. What a wally.
“He had been here, there, and everywhere, and probably had a better adventure during those two days than the entire holiday.”
Nathan, who works at Starlings of Sheringham, added: “Now I’m home I can look back and find it all quite funny. It’s all I can do really.”