Is this Britain's luckiest couple? Holidaymakers avoid getting caught up in Tunisian massacre AND Sharm bomb thanks to flight delays

  • Lewis Gaskin and Jemma Goddard avoided two terror attacks this year
  • They were booked to go to Tunisia at the time of massacre but their flight was cancelled at the last minute
  • Then Miss Goddard flew to Sharm el-Sheikh on the day of plane bombing
  • The couple also narrowly escaped being in Greece during the bank crisis 

A couple have narrowly managed to escape two major terror attacks this year - first the Tunisian massacre, then the Sharm el-Sheikh ISIS bomb.

Lewis Gaskin and Jemma Goddard, from Aldershot in Hampshire, booked holidays which coincided with both disasters - as well as the Greek banking crisis - but avoided getting involved thanks to a series of flight delays.

They have now decided to give up on trips abroad after getting into so many near-misses over the past six months.

Lucky: Lewis Gaskin and Jemma Goddard narrowly missed getting involved in two terror attacks this year

Lucky: Lewis Gaskin and Jemma Goddard narrowly missed getting involved in two terror attacks this year

The couple, both 22, were due to travel to Tunisia this summer, and would have been staying just a few miles away from the beach where 30 British holidaymakers were shot dead by a jihadist gunman.

But when they got to the airport, they found that their flight was initially delayed and then cancelled altogether.

Because they'd already booked the time off work, they decided to grab a last-minute deal to travel to Kos in Greece four days later.

In the intervening days, the country's far-Left government decided to close down all the banks, fearing a run on financial institutions - meaning that tourists were unable to withdraw cash.

Mr Gaskin and Miss Goddard planned to go anyway with a big stash of banknotes - but at the airport they discovered that their seats had been double-booked, and they could not travel.

Queues: Miss Goddard took this photograph of queues outside Sharm el-Sheikh airport while she was stuck at the resort in the wake of the plane bombing

Queues: Miss Goddard took this photograph of queues outside Sharm el-Sheikh airport while she was stuck at the resort in the wake of the plane bombing

Danger: The couple would have been staying near the resort in Tunisia where Seifeddine Rezgui, pictured, killed 30 Britons but their flight was cancelled

Danger: The couple would have been staying near the resort in Tunisia where Seifeddine Rezgui, pictured, killed 30 Britons but their flight was cancelled

The couple's third strike came last month, when Miss Goddard arrived at Gatwick for a holiday in Sharm el-Sheikh with her mother Carole and aunt Natalie.

As they waited at the airport, news came through that a Russian plane had crashed in the Sinai desert after taking off from the Egyptian resort, killing all 224 people on board.

The family were told that the crash was caused by a technical flight so they decided to fly as planned - only to find out within days that it had been brought down by an ISIS terrorist bomb.

The holiday was supposed to take their mind off a difficult year, which saw Miss Goddard's grandfather diagnosed with cancer, but they spent the whole time worrying about what had happened and wondering when they would be allowed home.

Crisis: The couple booked a holiday to Greece just two days before the country's banks shut down

Crisis: The couple booked a holiday to Greece just two days before the country's banks shut down

Miss Goddard said: 'When you were in the pool there were people saying, "You won't get back until Christmas." One woman was saying it was ISIS.

'There was swimming pool talk and different stories that people were coming up with which was worse. It was quite a scary time, but when we were in the resort it wasn't that bad.

'If you didn't know that flights were cancelled you wouldn't know that anything was wrong.'

The family had to stay two days longer than planned after the British Government cancelled all flight and arranged emergency transport instead.

Miss Goddard expressed concern at Sharm airport's security measures, saying: 'I got through three sets of security with a big bottle of water in my bag, and we saw a man with a shisha pipe.'

The couple have now decided to avoid foreign trips for the meantime and spend the money on a deposit for a house instead.

'The holidays will have to take a back seat,' Mr Gaskin said.

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