Tuesday, January 31, 2012

British tourists become terrorists when they go tweet…tweet…

Good Day Humboldt County!

Sometimes, our path is an airborne one that starts out as a flight of fancy but ends up like a nightmare.

Tweet at your own risk...

According to the Sun and the Daily Mail — daily tabloids published in the United Kingdom — a handful of ominous-sounding Twitter jokes got 26-year-old Leigh Van Bryan and 24-year-old Emily Bunting kicked out of the United States before they could even begin their long-awaited vacation.

According to the Daily Mail, it was because of those tweets that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) flagged Bryan and Bunting as "a potential threat." Upon arriving at LAX, the two pals were "detained by armed guards," explains the publication:

Despite telling officials the term 'destroy' was British slang for 'party', they were held on suspicion of planning to 'commit crimes' and had their passports confiscated. ... Federal agents even searched [Bryan's] suitcase looking for spades and shovels, claiming [Bunting] was planning to act as [Bryan's] 'look out' while he raided Marilyn's tomb.

The two were quizzed for five hours before being "put in a van with illegal immigrants and locked up overnight," writes the Sun. They were then kept in separate holding cells for 12 hours before being put on a flight home!

Time to walk on down the road…


moviedad said...

For me the real story is that they are so out of touch with real people that they couldn't make the distinction between real threats and two people having a good time.
So what's on the horizon?
"Well trained is the dog that whips itself." Who was that...Geobbles? (?)

Jeff Burkhart said...

Typical trough feeders, so completely out of touch with reality. Reminds me of flying out of Ontario Airport. Three people of Arabic descent checking ID's and screening passengers, one of which was female wearing her head scarf; when they got to my blonde haired blue eyed wife they practically strip searched her when she set off the metal detector. Of course my wife has had 6 reconstructive spinal surgeries and is loaded with plates and screws holding her spine together. For the life of them even when we presented the card from her surgeon detailing the implants, they just couldn't be sure. Our government employees for the most part are fools.