Woman unwittingly stirs up U.S. passport debate on TikTok

The United States and Great Britain have a rivalry that dates back centuries. Sports, entertainment and even our lifestyles are often pitted against each other, and one TikToker managed to capitalize on that.

Coby Jordan (@kjordyyy) has a series on TikTok where he asks people in the UK “What annoys you about Americans?” His mission, as stated in his biography is to “bridge the gap between cultures”.

In one of his recent videos, he asked a woman a question and her response sparked an interesting conversation.

“You are going on vacation in your own country,” she said. After Jordan tried to explain to her how big the United States was, she replied, “I know, but like, explore the world.”

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The initial question of “What annoys you about Americans?” Already inviting a confrontation. However, the comments section was ready to go to battle on this one.

“She’s going to go crazy when she finds out we’re vacationing in our country,” @darlingsarah817 said.

“Tropics, desert, plains, mountains, islands, arctic, beaches, rainforest. We have it all,” replied @dhenry256.

One of the most popular comments was that Americans don’t travel abroad and used Britain’s small size to show that it wasn’t as easy as the woman made it out to be.

“Our country is not the size of Rhode Island!” said @love4life0704.

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The kicker for the video came when she discovered that Americans do not need a passport to travel within the country.

“We don’t need passports to travel,” Jordan told her. “We can just use our driver’s license.”

It was then that Jordan edited the video to enlarge her confused face and put question marks all over the screen.

“… wait, you need passports to travel in your own countries? It’s the same in Canada,” @kelsdoh commented.

On the screen, Jordan repeatedly showed images of the size of Great Britain compared to the US – and revealed how different it is to travel within the US and outside the UK to neighboring countries.

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The woman’s comments sparked enough of a debate that it became one of Jordan’s three most viewed videos.

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