One Wrong Click: ESTA Application Goes Horribly Wrong

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

Well, it does warn you!.

While planning a visit to the United States, a British woman mistakenly answered "Yes" to an online travel application query asking if she had ever engaged in terrorist activity. 


Accordingly, Mandie Stevenson's U.S. travel application was promptly denied, reports the BBC.

"At first I thought it was a bad dream and then I realized what I had done," Stevenson said on the BBC radio show "Mornings with Stephen Jardine."

She had been applying for an ESTA travel application on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security site when she made the fateful error. 

To rectify the digital debacle, Stevenson had to visit the U.S. embassy in London. There, after a series of interviews, U.S. authorities granted her a travel visa, but she had to significantly alter her travel arrangements and fly at a later date. And the embassy appointment cost 320 pounds ($530)!

We offer our sympathy to Stevenson as our eyes tend to glaze over too when asked to fill out forms of any kind. One thing’s for sure -- it’s a strong reminder to be careful where you click.

Bruce Parkinson

Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief

An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.

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