Tourist, terrorist — an easy mistake to make

A Scottish couple's festive holiday plans were ruined after a man accidentally declared himself a terrorist on an entry visa form. John Stevenson and his wife, Marion, had planned to fly to New York City, but Stevenson mistakenly ticked the yes box instead of the no box. "We were filling out the visa form and it kept timing out before we could tick all the boxes," he said. "Then it crashed and when it came back up, you start where you finish off." The 70-year-old was later told that his visa had been refused because he was a terrorist. "One of the questions ask if you are a terrorist and it must have jumped from No to Yes without me knowing," he said. "My phone could be getting tapped — I don't know," he said. "It's terrible, it's shocking and so stupid. I don't know why that question is on the form in the first place." (

Via the Independent



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