US embassy 'grills' 'terrorist' baby after grandpa's gaffe
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A three-month-old was "grilled" by the US embassy in London after his grandfather erroneously said the baby intended to engage in terrorist activities, Guardian reported.
Harvey Kenyon-Cairns was all set to embark on his first overseas trip -- from the United Kingdom to Orlando in Florida -- but his grandfather's inadvertent mistake resulted in a delayed trip, an extra £3,000 and a face-off with the US embassy.
While filling the visa waiver form, grandfather Paul Kenyon ticked the "yes" box to a question that read "“Do you seek to engage in or have you ever engaged in terrorist activities, espionage, sabotage, or genocide?”
The gaffe spiralled out of control and the family vacation got dearer when the US embassy denied a visa to baby Harvey.
The baby and his grandfather had to take a ten-hour round trip from their house in Poynton, Cheshire, to Grosvenor Square in London -- longer than the nine-and-a-half hour trip from London to Orlando -- for the grilling.
But later, the grandfather was tongue-in-cheek when asked to describe the interview with the embassy officials.
"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,” said Kenyon, according to Guardian.
“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.” But Kenyon admitted it was an "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,” he said.