We know how you feel, young traveler. Welcome to the club.
Anyone who has ever been stuck with what seems like the world’s most awkward passport photo, prompting giggles from customs officials at borders around the globe, will get a smile out of this 5-month-old boy’s first try at looking suave for his passport.
When his father posted the picture online this week, he seemed to tap into a universal loathing of passport photos, which, as every flier knows, always seem to capture you at your most geeky and unattractive.
The equally cute and hilarious image has received more than 800,000 views so far and more than 600 comments on the online community Reddit.com.
“I posted it before we went to bed, woke up the next morning and had friends from the U.K. saying congrats on making the front page of Reddit,” said Joel, who lives in Vancouver, B.C, and asked that his last name not be used for privacy reasons. Joel uses the handle "Jorge Churano."
“My wife took our 5 month old son to get his first passport photos taken — NAILED IT!” he wrote as the caption for the picture, which shows the baby with his mouth agape and one of his eyes closed sleepily.
Joel told NBC News that he went to get the passport photos taken because the family is exploring a job opportunity that has arisen in South America. Some of the pictures turned out fine, but he couldn’t resist sharing this set — which will not be used in the baby’s passport — with the world.
“The outtakes were just too funny to keep to ourselves,” he said.
Why does a baby need such a grown-up travel document in the first place?
Just like the United States, Canada requires that all children who fly internationally — including newborns and infants — have their own passport.
Thankfully for the family, the country isn’t too fussy about the emotions babies project in their photos: Passport Canada is “lenient” about the expression of a newborn, the agency says on its website.
The U.S. only asks that the baby’s eyes are open and looking straight ahead toward the camera in the picture.
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