Published on : Friday, December 29, 2017
Around 200,000 passports of Taiwan has been forced to be destroyed after the designers have accidentally used an image of Washington Dulles International Airport in place of its own Taoyuan International.
As admitted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Mofa), the 285 already issued passports are needed to be recalled and the rest of them need to be changed.
The error on the passport was incidentally pointed out by someone on social media who noticed that the outline of an airport on the document’s pages, which is intended to be the outline of the Taipei capital Airport was in fact Dulles International, DC’s bustling hub.
Before the image was widely shared on Weibo, a microblogging site in China, the first person who spotted the mistake named it as the “51st state of America”.
Mofa initially denied the allegation, adding that the image of Taiwan Taoyuan was “100 per cent Taiwanese scenery”, but later backtracked, explaining that designers had sought online inspiration and mistook Dulles for Taiwan’s largest airport. The mistake, however is understandable as it has been found out that the Taoyuan’s Terminal One, which was finished constructing in 1979 was ideally modelled on the 1962 design of architect Eero Saarinen’s Dulles.
Mofa said that the new passports would be ready in January and all the erroneous passports would be replaced. Meanwhile, passport holders can apply for an e-passport.