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​Model Detained At Airport As Officials Can't Believe He's Korean

​Model Detained At Airport As Officials Can't Believe He's Korean

Going through airport security or passport control can be oddly nerve-wracking, even though usually you've got absolutely nothing to be worried about.

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As the person behind the counter stares you down, leafing through each and every page of your passport, you start to think back to anything and everything you've ever done in your life.

"I stole a grape from the supermarket once! I'm sorry," you blurt out, before they give you an odd look, snap your passport shut and motion for you to move on.

Oh, and don't even get me started on those ePassport gates, which take so long to work that you're left believing you're about to get chucked into a dark room for some kind of, erm, intimate examination.

However, for one teenager, it wasn't just a touch of the ol' airport paranoia - as he got detained at immigration when officials couldn't believe he was Korean, 9Gag reports.

Han Hyun-Min, a 17-year-old model who's currently making waves on the South Korean fashion scene, was born to a Korean mother and a Nigerian dad.

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Credit: Han Hyun Min/Instagram
Credit: Han Hyun Min/Instagram

The Korean-Nigerian model revealed what happened to him on an episode of Kocowa TV's Happy Together, where he told presenters all about his immigration woes.

He explained that he is now scared to go through immigration as he is 'bound to look suspicious'.

"People expect me to have a foreign passport, not a Korean passport," he said.

"They do this when they see my passport," he added, pretending to do a double take.

"Then they ask me questions, but I don't speak English. It makes me look suspicious.

"One time, I was on my way home from England - they wouldn't let me go because I didn't speak English. I was held for two hours.

"Afterwards, I only realised after I called my mum."

Credit: Han Hyun Min/Instagram
Credit: Han Hyun Min/Instagram

Han continued: "I was in Shanghai yesterday. During a massage, the masseur asked me 'Where are you from?'.

"When I said, 'Korea', he went, 'No way!'

"He said, 'Your face is different'."

Han explained that the masseur simply wouldn't believe he was Korean - laughing along with presenters to show that he could at least see the funny side of it.

In an interview with the BBC last year, Han revealed that he had faced racism as a child from neighbours and friends' mothers, but that his modelling career helped him move past that.

He said: "At first I didn't like people's stares. I wanted to look ordinary and didn't want to stand out.

"But after starting work I've come to enjoy the attention, built up a lot of confidence and overcome a lot of my troubles."

Featured Image Credit: Han Hyun Min/Instagram/PA

Topics: korea, Nigeria, World News, Passport, News, Community, Immigration

Jess Hardiman

Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics - indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at [email protected]

 

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