Took him in for the interview, but he can’t even speak as he’s so young.
Just a few words from the three-month-old baby’s grandfather, Paul Kenyon, when he made an honest mistake on the ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) form needed for entry into the country.
Paul, a 62-year-old factory owner, accidentally ticked “YES” on the box of one of the form’s questions: “Do you seek to engage in or have you ever engaged in terrorist activities, espionage, sabotage, or genocide?
Baby Harvey Kenyon-Cairns’ application was refused and he was asked to attend a grilling from US officials in London.
Mr. Paul Kenyon couldn’t believe that baby Harvey was summoned down for an interview to the US Embassy.
As per the news by The Telegraph, Mr. Paul said: “I had filled in the first five forms all correctly, but it was taking some time.”
Turns out he had no idea he had made a mistake on the baby’s form until Harvey’s travel was refused to the USA; saying: “I couldn’t believe that they couldn’t see it was a genuine mistake and that a three-month-old baby would be no harm to anyone.”
He added, “I went down with him and his mum and took him in for the interview, but he can’t even speak as he’s so young.”
He even said that: “If you are a terrorist -I suspect you’d not be ticking YES on the ESTA form anyway.”
The grandpa’s plan to fly his family to Florida cost him a lot more money than expected due to circumstances that led their group to split up.
He said “We went down on the Monday and flew on the Thursday, but sadly the Visa didn’t come in time, so half of us went and baby Harvey came a couple of days later with his parents and the whole sorry business cost me an extra £3,000.”
He added that it was a very expensive mistake, but he was hoping the US Embassy would realize that it was just a simple error without them having to jump through all the hoops.
He jokingly said: “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.”
“They didn’t appear to have a sense of humor over it at all and couldn’t see the funny side,” he added.
Baby Harvey was such a good boy during the interview and never cried once.
After all that happened, the US embassy has been approached by media for a comment.