When it comes to following orders and protocol, the US embassy makes no exceptions. Not even when there’s a genuine mistake involved and it’s all about a 3-month old baby, who can’t even sit or talk. The baby’s family learned it the hard way when his granddad mistakenly described the baby as a terrorist. The granddad was filling the ESTA form in which there was a question – “Do you seek to engage in or have you ever engaged in terrorist activities, espionage, sabotage, or genocide?” The granddad accidently ticked this as “yes” and all hell broke loose at US embassy in London.
The 3-month baby was summoned for an interview and his visa was delayed, which forced some members of his family to stay back and fly to Orlando later. The family had to incur additional costs of £3,000 to re-book the airline tickets. Speaking about the incident, the baby’s grandfather said, “If you are a terrorist – I suspect you’d not be ticking YES on the ESTA form anyway.” He also taunted the embassy staff and said, “I thought about taking him along in an orange jumpsuit, but thought better of it. They didn’t appear to have a sense of humor over it at all and couldn’t see the funny side.”