It’s been known for a long time that picture ID is almost completely worthless. Numerous papers have been written on the absolutely appalling performance of people who check photo ID. But this is a little extreme even from my jaded viewpoint. Numerous checkpoints didn’t even notice the gender was wrong:
The appallingly lax state of security at Britain’s airports has been exposed once more after a teacher flew from London to Spain using her husband’s passport.
Geraldine McCauley, 41, passed through three security checks at London’s Luton airport and Spanish passport control, before realising she had accidentally travelled with her husband’s second passport instead of her own.
Despite the heightened threat of terrorist attacks on UK targets, not one member of staff noticed that she was carrying a passport bearing her husband’s photograph.