Woman with reborn collection so lifelike she is stopped while boarding plane

A woman with a collection of eerily lifelike reborn dolls was stopped while boarding a plane – as staff requested a TICKET for one of her ‘babies’.

Grace Thornton has taken her brood of dolls – including baby Mason – to various attractions in her home town of Independence, Kansas, USA.

The babies are made of vinyl and transformed with paint and fake hair to look as much like real babies as possible

The babies are made of vinyl and transformed with paint and fake hair to look as much like real babies as possible

She has even flown Mason to Miami but was greeted by staff convinced he was REAL – fortunately she was able to explain he was a doll and board the flight.

Mason is one of 10 in Grace’s collection. They are made of vinyl and transformed with paint and fake hair to look as much like real babies as possible.

She bought her first doll more than three years ago and has spent more than $1,500 (GBP930) on her collection.

The collector was still able to board the flight after the confusion

The collector was still able to board the flight after the confusion

Speaking to the Kansas City Star she said: “I’ve taken a couple of them down to Branson [MISSOURI] – senior citizen heaven.

“The women down there went nuts over them because I take them to the shows and everything.

“I’ve always marched to the beat of my own drum.”

Grace has taken Mason to the Plaza Art Fair, the Kansas City Zoo, Liberty (War) Memorial, Union Station, Powell Gardens, performances at the Kauffman Center and Midland theater.

Grace Thornton has spent more than $1,500 (GBP930) on her collection of dolls

Grace Thornton has spent more than $1,500 (GBP930) on her collection of dolls