Woman Stopped At Passport Control Because Officials Don't Believe Her Age

A popular Ukrainian singer was held and questioned by passport control because they refused to believe she was the age stated on her passport.

Natalie Dzenkiv, who performs as in a band called Lama, was travelling back home after a holiday in Turkey when she was pulled into a quiet room and questioned about her travel documents, which must have been pretty bloody nerve-wracking.


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But it wasn't anything she'd done wrong. It was purely because officials couldn't believe that youthful-looking Natalie was actually 41 and they had assumed she was attempting to use someone else's passport to fly.

I mean, I can totally see why. This is not the face of a 41 year old:

How is she 41? Credit: CEN/Natalie Dzenkiv

Natalie said that passport control officers believed she was around 20 years younger than she is, and was travelling used the passport of an older woman.

She said: "When I found out the reason for my arrest, I even started laughing as it was the age in my passport.

"I am already used to compliments about the way I look, but I couldn't have imagined that it might be a reason for detaining me."

Natalie says she is used to people commenting on her youthful looks. Credit: CEN/Natalie Dzenkiv

It is a compliment, I suppose, but I imagine it's also pretty annoying. The odd 'oo, you look good for your age' comment is one thing, but getting detained at airports is a different kettle of fish.

Natalie was unable to prove that she was who she said was, but was reportedly allowed to pass through after several members of the public recognised her and began asking for her autograph.

That doesn't sound like the most secure way of confirming someone's identity does it? But all's well that ends well, eh?

Featured Image Credit: CEN/Natalie Dzenkiv

Claire Reid

Claire Reid is a journalist at LADbible. Claire graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a BA in journalism. She’s previously worked at Trinity Mirror. Since joining LADbible, Claire has worked on pieces for the UOKM8? mental health campaign, the Yemen crisis, life in the Calais Jungle as well as a profile of a man who is turning himself into a cyborg.

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