A young couple were arrested straight after landing at Los Angles airport because of a couple of tweets they posted on Twitter before leaving for their vacation.
Back in January of 2012, a British man named Leigh Van Bryan was planning a trip to the United States and wrote on his Twitter account, “Free this week for a quick gossip before I go and destroy America.” It should be mentioned that “destroy” is a slang term in the UK for “party.” As soon as the sentence was entered on Twitter, the security software took over and Leigh Van Bryan was flagged by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
When Leah attempted to enter the United States with his friend Emily Banting, the two were questioned by the FBI over the tweets. The FBI searched the couple’s bags for weapons and a shovel. Leigh also tweeted a quote from the television show Family Guy about digging up the body of Marilyn Monroe. The two were held under suspicion of planning to “commit crimes”. Their passports were confiscated, they was arrested, held overnight, and kicked out of the U.S. During the event, Leigh Van Bryan was placed in a jail cell with two large men. At dinner, Leigh was left with no food.
Emily Banting was quoted: “The officials told us we were not allowed in to the country because of Leigh’s tweet. They wanted to know what we were going to do.” Leigh said: “I kept saying to them they had got the wrong meaning from my tweet, but they just told me “you’ve really messed up boy.” In the future, if Leigh or Emily wants to travel to the United States, they must reapply for visas at the U.S. Embassy in London.
I guess people shouldn’t post any stupid or offensive quotes on Twitter, even if it’s only a joke. You never know who is watching!