Man denied passport due to offensive name change

In this day and age, there are so many requirements to meet if you’re hoping to leave the country.

What documentation you carrying, the amount of contained liquids you board with, visa applications, custom declarations, duty-free alochol limits.

But here’s one we haven’t heard before, and it’s comically caught out a man in the UK: don’t have an offensive name.


Kenny Kennard decided to change his name back in 2016 to Kenny… Fu-Kennard, as a joke.

Though after successfully applying for a new driving license, he was turned down for a passport, on the grounds that his new name is offensive.

The ex-British soldier is gob-smacked he’s now effectively a prisoner in his own country, because after spending eight years in the army, he was hoping to get out and travel a bit more.

“I’m finding it hard to believe the name could be construed as anything but funny and slightly ridiculous. It’s just a joke. I agree with Home Office policy that not all names are acceptable, such as racial hate words or anything that invokes hatred but ‘Fu-Kennard’ is not offensive, and I object to them denying my chosen name,” Kenny’s quoted as saying on his petition page.

Martin Smith has now started a petition in Kenny’s honour, though it hasn’t quite taken off.

It seems there are consequences for taking funny too far…