Three-month-old 'terrorist' baby interviewed by US border control

  • 18/04/2017
Baby Harvey (Faye Kenyon/Facebook)
Baby Harvey (Faye Kenyon/Facebook)

An infant has been summond for questioning at the United States embassy in London after his grandfather ticked the wrong box in a US visa form.

The question: 'Do you seek to engage in or have you ever engaged in terrorist activities, espionage, sabotage, or genocide?' is standard on all US electronic travel authorisation (ESTA) forms. 

Grandfather Paul Kenyon filled out forms for his daughter Faye, her partner John, their three-year-old daughter and baby Harvey, filling them all out correctly before accidently answering  'yes'  on behalf of the youngest.

Not only was the baby denied travel to the US, forcing the group to part ways - he was also made to travel to London from Cheshire, just south of Liverpool, in order to attend the embassy interview. It's a 10-hour round-trip.

"I had no idea I had made a mistake on the baby's form until Harvey's travel was refused to the USA", Mr Kenyon told UK tabloid The Mirror.

"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."

Mr Kenyon, his daughter and the infant traveled to London on the Monday and were due to fly to the US on the Thursday, but Harvey's visa was not processed in time. Baby Harvey and his parents had to make their way separately.

The mistake cost Mr Kenyon around £3000 (NZ$5300).

"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."

"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.'"