A RETIRED teacher boarded a plane to the UK using only a photocopy of his bus pass.
Ryanair accepted the identification after pensioner John Williams had his passport stolen from his hotel room in Lanzarote.
The Home Office are now investigating the decision to let him travel.
“I pointed out to the checkout staff that at the bottom of the bus pass it says ‘given out by Her Majesty’s Service’. I was trying everything to get back,” Williams, 65, said.
“She phoned through to her supervisor and said that was OK. I was made up.”
However the decision to let him fly raised a few eyebrows on landing at John Lennon Airport, Liverpool, UK.
Mr Williams added: “When I got back to Liverpool, they were furious and said ‘How did you get back on just this?’. They were laughing as well, though.
“It was not only a bus pass, but a photocopy of a bus pass. I wouldn’t even get on a bus with that.”
A Ryanair spokesman said they had a ‘duty of care’ to get passengers home when they have lost their passport.
However a Home Office spokesman said the situation will need to be examined further.
He said: “Border Force officers carried out identity checks and established that he was a British national who previously held a valid passport.
“It is vitally important that airlines ensure they know who is on their planes and carry out proper document checks. We are investigating the circumstances.”
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