An elderly passenger found himself in a strange land earlier this month when he accidentally boarded the wrong flight home after visiting family in the U.K. over the holidays.
However, Lawrenuik, was in for a surprise when his 825 mile trip home landed him 1,864 miles away, on the Mediterranean island of Malta.
The elderly passenger apparently did not notice the extra time — England to Gdansk is about 2 1/2 hours, whereas England to Malta is 3 1/2. According to the Bradford Telegraph & Argus, the man did not become aware he was not in Poland until he tried to get a taxi home from the Malta International Airport and was told, “I am sorry sir, but I don’t speak Polish.”
When he landed in Malta, Lawreniuk alerted his daughter of the confusion on the messaging app WhatsApp.
“I cried, I was scared — he was in a different country, a different place. I don’t know how it is possible for him to make it all the way to Malta,” his daughter Lucyna Lawreniuk said to the Telegraph & Argus.
His daughter claims that she checked the ticket and it had the correct destination, and Lawreniuk said he showed his ticket to the flight attendant and she directed him to a seat on the plane.
Lawreniuk was able to grab a flight back to Gdansk from Malta later that day, landing in Poland 14 hours after he left England at 6:50 a.m. that morning.
A Swissport spokesperson said in a statement to the Telegraph & Argus that they were aware of the situation.
”The passenger had undergone all airport security screening before boarding the flight and had a valid passport which had been checked. We are investigating how this occurred and we are re-briefing all staff on procedure. We would like to apologize to Mr. Lawreniuk for the inconvenience caused."
Ryanair did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.