This family’s wrong tick on one of the questions on a US visa application asking if the 3-month-old engaged in terrorist activities led to a 10-hour ordeal, missed flights, along with a £3,000 bill.
An infant only three months old had been summoned over to London’s US embassy to engage in an interview following his grandfather’s mistake that identified him as an actual terrorist.
Harvey Kenyon-Cairns was meant to fly over to Orlando, Florida for the infant’s very first holiday abroad until Paul Kenyon, his grandfather, make a crucial mistake on his visa waiver form.
On the ESTA application’s portion that read: “Do you seek to engage in or have you ever engaged in terrorist activities, espionage, sabotage, or genocide?” The grandfather accidentally ticked the yes box rather than no.
He had only discovered the error when the infant was refused travel. “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,” stated Kenyon, 62.
The baby had later been taken from their Cheshire home to London to the Grosvenor Square embassy and was questioned by authorities.
“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,” Kenyon said. “They didn’t appear to have a sense of humour over it at all and couldn’t see the funny side.
“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.”
“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,” said Kenyon.
He mentioned: “If you were a terrorist, I suspect you’d not be ticking yes on the Esta form anyway.”