I was travelling from Kuala Lumpur to London on two Qatar Airways flight stopping at Hamad International Airport for several hours. I discovered that after getting off the first flight I did not have my passport in my bag. I went back to transit security A and told staff, and after being allowed back to the transit area before security it took me 8 hours to get this resolved. Although they said they checked the plane (had it cleaned) they told me several times there was 'nothing in there'. Seven hours after I told them about my missing passport, they gave it to me saying it was 'on the plane and found by the cleaners'.
The process was so slow and I felt like a failure, and almost like I was stateless. I was allowed through security several times to get food and explore the airport and although I could take a flight they booked for me home, I also had to be escorted to the flight as my passport was still officially lost.
It really helped initially that I had a scanned copy of my photo passport and also my driver's licence, which they immediately took copies of and sent through to Qatar Airway's London office.
Unfortunately in my black passport holder that I left on the plane I also had my boarding passes for the two flights. Not having even the boarding pass did not make life any easier for me. I met a Chinese man who had to wait 25 hours after actually losing his passport to get home. I should have been a lot more careful.
Hamad International Airport is a genuinely nice airport and similar situations, which I know are common, would vary drastically from country to country and depending on your nationality. Odd the respect and almost deference from some staff when I said and showed them I was British through my driver's licence and passport scan.
I was just about to speak to UK officials from some border agency before they returned with my passport. This happened at first with no explanation from them but when I asked they said it was in the plane and put into lost and found.
Has anyone else got similar experiences to this?
I am a British citizen and use British English in my posts. Please do not edit to American English.