I don’t think any of us is particularly happy with how we look in our passport pictures: pale, lifeless, and way too serious. You may have wished for a more flattering photo whenever you saw the mess you have in your passport. Instagram influencer Alisha Marie did, but it nearly got her barred from her flight! She shared her hilarious story in a video, and it’s a perfect example of why you should never look “hot” in your passport photos.
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LA influencer shared a video on her Instagram and TikTok explaining what recently happened as she was trying to board a flight in Istanbul, Turkey. “They almost didn’t let me on my flight,” she explains in the video, and you can her friend behind the camera giggling, “because they said I don’t look like my passport.”
“This is why you should never do hot photos for your passport, because I don’t look like this,” Alisha says, showing her passport photo and laughing. Indeed, the image looks quite different to a makeup-free person with messy hair, which all of us are while traveling.
On Instagram, one person asked Alisha to follow up with the airport staff’s reaction after discovering that she was the same person who was in the passport photo. “No cause I genuinely still don’t think they were convinced,” Alisha replied.
Although this turned out to be a light-hearted and funny story, it could have easily had a different ending. Alisha could have some serious problems if the airport security thought it was someone else in the passport photo.
Treat this as a reminder that your document photos don’t need to show the best-looking you. In fact, we are most likely to look our worst while traveling. Waking up early, waiting for transfers for an entire eternity, driving all day or night… It all shows on our faces – we look tired, and putting on makeup and doing hair is the last thing on our minds. So, don’t try to glam up your passport photos like some online tutorials suggest. Just look natural, wear minimum makeup, and have your hair and wardrobe casual… Just not this casual.