US embassy officials question three-month-old British BABY over 'terrorist' fears
Paul Kenyon was due to visit Orlando, Florida, with his wife Cathy, 57, his daughter Faye, 27, her partner John Cairns, 31, and his grandchildren, three-year-old Ava and three-month-old Harvey.
London: In a weird incident, a three-month-old British boy was summoned to the US Embassy in London for questioning after his grandfather mistakenly marked that the purpose of his trip to the United States was terrorism.
Paul Kenyon, 62, was due to visit Orlando, Florida, with his wife Cathy, 57, his daughter Faye, 27, her partner John Cairns, 31, and his grandchildren, three-year-old Ava and three-month-old Harvey.
While filling the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) form - required to enter into the United States, Paul Kenyon accidentally ticked "yes" in the section that reads: "Do you seek to engage in or have you ever engaged in terrorist activities, espionage, sabotage, or genocide?" on baby Harvey's document.
Just three days before their flight to the US, the family made a 10-hour round-trip journey from their home in Poynton, Cheshire to the US embassy in London, so that officials could ask questions to Harvey, who cannot even speak yet.
Harvey's application was then rejected. So, his grandparents travelled to Orlando on the scheduled date, while Harvey and his parents took the flight a few days later.
Kenyon said the mistake cost him an extra GBP 3,000.
He 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...I couldn't believe that they couldn't see it was a genuine mistake and that a three-month-old baby would be no harm to anyone.”
Kenyon said that Harvey was 'good as gold' during the interview.
“Baby Harvey was good as gold for the interview and never cried once – I thought about taking him along in an orange jumpsuit, but thought better of it,” he said.
“He's obviously never engaged in genocide, or espionage, but he has sabotaged quite a few nappies in his time though I didn't tell them that at the US Embassy,” reported MailOnline.