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Pensioner travels from Lanzarote to Liverpool with only a photocopied bus pass

John Williams travelled back from Lanzarote on a photocopy of his bus pass Photo: Liverpool Echo

John Williams, a retired teacher from Toxteth, says Liverpool Bus passes are the best in the world after he travelled from Lanzarote to Liverpool without a passport by showing just a photocopied bus pass as identification.

The Liverpool Echo reports that he was about to return home from a family holiday when he found his passport had been stolen from the hotel room safe.

He reported the crime to police and then took his family to the airport, thinking he would have to fly home another time.

The 65-year-old told the Ryanair check-in desk what had happened and was initially advised to contact the British Consulate for a temporary passport.

Mr Williams asked if the airline would consider alternative identification and was told it would be considered.

He phoned his niece back in England and got her her to email a photocopy of his bus pass to the Ryanair desk.

After some negotiating he was let onto the plane.

I think it's the longest journey anybody's ever made on a bus pass.

It just shows Scouse power - Scouse bus passes are the best bus passes in the world.

– John Williams told the Liverpool Echo

Mr Williams said that when he got back to Liverpool John Lennon airport passport control were furious that he had managed to travel with no official identification.

After Border Force officers carried out identity checks and established that he was a British national he was asked to fill in a form and told he would have to apply for a new passport.

The pensioner thinks the Ryanair staff made a good decision in allowing him on the flight.

Ryanair has a duty of care to repatriate nationals on their return journey, and if a passport is lost or stolen, we ask that an alternative, or a copy of, photo ID is provided, in order to verify the passport details of the customer provided at the time of check-in.”

– Ryanair spokesperson