Harold Hill couple locked up in Spanish airport cell for eight hours for leaving passports on plane
PUBLISHED: 12:30 24 September 2014
A couple's perfect holiday turned into a "never-ending nightmare" when they lost their passports and were locked up in an immigration cell for more than eight hours.
Debbie Emery, 52, and her partner Tony Butcher, 52, both of Wolverton House, Chudleigh Road, Harold Hill, were confined in a holding cell for eight-and-a-half hours after leaving their passports on a plane.
The couple had arrived in Barcelona anticipating a holiday of culture of sun but the atmosphere became chilly after they realised they had misplaced their identification.
Debbie said: “It was the worth experience of my life and I’ve gone through some horrible times. It was like a never-ending nightmare that we couldn’t escape from.”
The couple had been travelling through the airport to passport control when they realised they had left their documentation on the plane.
The pair reported the loss to a member of staff and after half-an-hour of waiting, someone from the airport returned and escorted them through the building.
Debbie said: “We didn’t know where they were taking us because the guy was speaking Spanish but we just assumed that they were trying to help us get our passports back.”
But, Debbie and Tony did not receive the help they expected. Instead they were led to a holding cell.
Debbie said: “It was absolutely filthy! The room wasn’t even fit enough for an animal to stay in! We weren’t given any water until a lot later on in the day.”
The pair were eventually released when their passports were found on a plane at London Southend airport.
Debbie said:”This was one of the worst experiences I’ve ever been through and I’ve been through a lot.
“The way we were treated was disgusting and frightening and I just hope that other people don’t get put through such a scary thing like we had to.”