British holidaymaker flies from Portugal to Liverpool using his BROTHER'S passport and clears airport security on both sides

  • Steven Wilson, 40, from Merseyside, went to Lisbon on a golfing holiday
  • But accidentally picked up brother Carl's passport when flying home
  • Incredibly, he passed through four security gates on journey to the UK

A holidaymaker flew home from Portugal to Liverpool on his brother's passport, despite high terrorism threat levels across Europe

Steven Wilson, 40, from Crosby, Merseyside, went to Lisbon on a golfing holiday with friends including his 43-year-old brother Carl. 

But when he left their shared hotel room to fly home with easyJet on Saturday, Steven accidentally picked up Carl's passport. 

Steven Wilson, pictured with his brother's passport which he accidentally used to fly back to Liverpool from Portugal

Steven Wilson, pictured with his brother's passport which he accidentally used to fly back to Liverpool from Portugal

Steven (right) is pictured here with his brother Carl (left), highlighting the clear difference in appearance between the two brothers

Steven (right) is pictured here with his brother Carl (left), highlighting the clear difference in appearance between the two brothers

He somehow managed to get through four checkpoints without him or anyone else noticing the error, despite the fact the passport bore a different name to his boarding card. 

His wife Michelle, 38, told the Liverpool Echo it raised serious questions at a time when the UK threat level for terrorism is classified as 'severe' - meaning an attack is 'highly likely'. 

She said: 'My husband only realised when he arrived home and I took the passport off him to return it for safe keeping. 

'In light of recent events in Paris and Belgium, I assumed airport security was a top priority within Europe. Obviously not. 

'The names were different. Surely that should have raised some alarm bells?' 

Michelle says she contacted easyJet, John Lennon Airport, UK Border Force and Portuguese immigration officials to express her concerns and urgent investigations are now said to be under way. 

The passport with Steven's baggage sticker (top), and brother's Carl (below) from outward and return flights

The passport with Steven's baggage sticker (top), and brother's Carl (below) from outward and return flights

She added: 'I explained that I will be taking this matter further and going public with regard to the lack of security and diligence currently operating in European airports. 

'It's awful. It's not just the fact his name is on the boarding card and it's different to the one on the passport. He doesn't even look like his brother. 'They look completely different. I can't believe it. I don't want them to be able to bury this. 

'My husband was travelling on his own as well. You would have thought security would pay more attention to a lone passenger.' 

She said Steven had to return home early for a family event, while Carl remained in Portugal. 

Michelle said: 'His brother has gone to the consulate in Portugal. They have issued him with emergency travel documents. 

'They will cancel his passport and he will have to get a new one.' 

John Lennon Airport told the Liverpool Echo the security breach was a matter for the UK Border Force which checks passenger identity, along with their equivalents in Portugal. 

A Border Force spokesperson said they do not comment on individual cases. 

MailOnline Travel has contacted easyJet for comment. 

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