|Published : 17 Apr 2017, 12:11:59|
US embassy summons baby for interview
A grandfather in UK says that US Embassy officials summoned his baby grandson for an interview after he accidentally ticked a box stating the tot’s reason for travelling to Florida was “terrorism” instead of “tourism.”
Factory owner Paul Kenyon, 62, was taking grandson Harvey away on his first foreign trip to Orlando with family when he botched the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) form, which must be filled out by travellers from UK.
When filling out Harvey’s ESTA, Paul unwittingly ticked “Yes” to the question: “Do you seek to engage in or have you ever engaged in terrorist activities, espionage, sabotage, or genocide?”
Paul says it resulted in baby Harvey being summoned to the US embassy in London for an interview, before he could fly.
Paul, who runs his Clingfoil business from Poynton, said: “I had filled in the first five forms all correctly, but it was taking some time. I had no idea I had made a mistake on the baby’s form until Harvey’s travel was refused to the USA.”
‘It was a very expensive mistake, but I was hoping the US Embassy would realise that it was just a simple error without us having to jump through all the hoops. If you are a terrorist - I suspect you’d not be ticking “Yes” on the ESTA form anyway.’
“Sadly the visa didn’t come in time. So half of us went and baby Harvey came a couple of days later with his parents and the whole sorry business cost me an extra £3,000.
‘Cathy and myself flew with Ava and then Faye and Jon and Harvey flew out on fresh Virgin flights a couple of days later.
The US Embassy said it could not comment on an individual case, according to media reports.