Tourists Barred from the US because of a tweet!
This entry was posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2012.
The offensive tweet couldn't get past security, even though Leigh insisted that he was only referring to having a good time in America.
The US Department of Homeland Security got hold of the tweet and tracked Mr. Bryan down. An Irish national and a bar manager by profession, Mr. Bryan was planning to go to America with a friend, Emily Bunting. They arrived at Los Angeles International Airport safely, but the Homeland Security agents were waiting for them. Before his departure for the US, Mr. Bryan had messaged a friend on the micro-blogging website Twitter, and the full message read, "Free this week, for quick gossip/prep before I go and destroy America."
Mr. Bryan complained, "The Homeland Security agents were treating me like some kind of terrorist. I kept saying they had got the wrong meaning from my tweet."
Abta, a trade association that represents travel companies in the UK said to BBC, "Posting statements in a public forum which could be construed as threatening - in this case saying they are going to "destroy" somewhere - will not be viewed sympathetically by US authorities. In the past we have seen holidaymakers stopped at airport security for 'joking' that they have a bomb in their bag, thoroughly questioned and ending up missing their flights, demonstrating that airport security staff do not have a sense of humour when it comes to potential risk."