By Seyi Lawal
If you plan to visit the United States of American and you love to tweet then this is for you. Tourists have been warned to watch their words following the entry refusal of two friends to the US on security grounds after a tweet.
In a tweet while preparing to visit USA, Leigh Van Bryan, 26, wrote a message to a friend saying: “Free this week, for quick gossip/prep before I go and destroy America”.The US Department for Homeland Security picked up Bryan’s messages ahead of his holiday in Los Angeles and upon arrival he and his friend Emily Bunting were detained before being sent home.
He insisted he was referring to simply having a good time – but was sent home.
Trade association Abta told the BBC that the case highlighted that holidaymakers should never do anything to raise “concern or suspicion in any way” particularly after 9/11.
Bryan is not the only person to suffer from a misjudged tweet. In January 2010, Paul Chambers tweeted that he would blow snow-affected Robin Hood Airport in Doncaster “sky high!” if it was not reopened in time for him to see his girlfriend.
He was fined £385 plus £2,600 in costs – a sum which actor, Stephen Fry offered to pay on Chambers’ behalf.