Australia’s highest profile soccer player Sam Kerr has arrived in Bali, after being turned away earlier in the week by Jetstar at Perth Airport for an alleged “damaged” passport.
Tweeting from her Bali villa, the Matildas captain “is now enjoying a well deserved break” with some friends.
“Mornings for the next week on my damaged passport,” she wrote in the update.
According to PerthNow, Jetstar had claimed the condition of her passport had prevented the West Australian from boarding her 1.40pm flight to Denpasar.
“What a joke. Jetstar won’t let me travel due to a damaged passport,” Ms Kerr tweeted to her 58,000 followers.
A spokesman for the low cost carrier said Indonesian immigration laws had forced the airline into the decision.
“Our crew don’t like being the bearer of bad news but they have to enforce the immigration requirements of the countries we fly to,” he said.
But just hours later, the soccer star boarded a flight with another airline and passed through Australian and Indonesian immigration without incident.
“Jetstar refused to allow Sam to board a plane to Bali, telling her that her passport was damaged,” a spokeswoman for Kerr remarked, saying there was no damage to the chip or photo in the document.
“They went on to tell Sam that the airline was merely saving her the inevitable embarrassment of being turned away by Indonesian immigration.
“A few hours later, Sam boarded a flight with another airline who made no comment at all about her passport, and she passed through both Australian and Indonesian immigration without incident.
“Sam is now enjoying a well deserved break with some friends in Bali.”
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