In the Maghreb, traveling is sometimes difficult, even in Tunisia, a country that nevertheless welcomes millions of tourists a year.
In addition to the difficulties of obtaining a visa, travel enthusiasts also have to deal with the suspicious mentality of airport staff. This is what happened to a young Tunisian, who recounts her misadventure this Sunday on social networks.
The young Internet user explains that she booked a flight to Istanbul from Tunis Carthage on board Aegean Airlines. The traveler was to make a stopover in Greece, at Athens airport for 2 hours 20 minutes.
“My passport is brand new, the paternal authorization is there, I have extra money and the return trip as well as the hotel are already paid for”, says the traveler who adds: “Above all that, the Greek embassy sent me an email stating that I did not need my old passport which contains a still valid visa”.
Boarding refused in Tunis Carthage
Everything goes well at first. The passenger arrives at Tunis Carthage airport 4:30 a.m. before boarding, “goes through customs and security” and prepares to board. It is while queuing that a customs officer takes her out, he lets her know that she was not going to board.
The customs officer takes her out of the girl and tells her that the airline company won’t let him on board. “Why ? wonders the traveler. Because, obviously, I don’t have the right to pass through Greece”. The customs officer even asked her why she hadn’t taken a direct flight from Tunis to Istanbul.
“Firstly, I haven’t found one (a direct flight) and then it’s my right to take the flight that suits my budget,” replies the young traveler. “If it wasn’t my right, why did you let me pass the controls the first time?” she asks him.
Outcome: boarding but without luggage
The customs officer replies: “It’s your right, but it’s our right to stop you afterwards”. It was there that the Internet user knew that he suspected her of wanting to flee to Greece. “Like I was going to make a tent at Athens airport,” she quips.
Following this revelation, the traveler regrets not having brought back her “old passport” which contains the visa from the Greek Embassy, but remembers that another passport, “even older”, was in her possession. She then shows the customs officer “the visas of the USA, Canada, and the United Kingdom”. “I fried his eyes and ran to catch up with the plane.”
The traveler manages to board at the last minute, but claims that when she arrives in Istanbul, she discovers that “her luggage stayed in Tunis and didn’t send it because they thought I canceled my trip”.
“Of course, they still haven’t sent it and it’s very likely that he has already lost it,” laments the traveler who left Tunis for Istanbul on September 1, 2021.