After US Department of Homeland Security agents spotted a couple of Tweets from the Twitter account of Leigh Van Bryan, a 26 year old from Coventry, England, they flagged him. According to The Sun, when Bryan arrived at Los Angeles International Airport with his traveling companion Emily Bunting, they “were held by armed guards and quizzed for five hours before being handcuffed, put in a van with illegal immigrants and locked up overnight.”
So what were the two Tweets that got the two pals in such hot water?
One was a quote from the TV comedy, Family Guy, which read: “3 weeks today, we’re totally in LA p*ssing people off on Hollywood Blvd and diggin’ Marilyn Monroe up!” The other was a Tweet to a fellow Tweep stating: “Free this week, for quick gossip/prep before I go and destroy America.”
The Sun goes on to write that, “Despite telling officials at LAX airport the term ‘destroy’ was British slang for partying, the pair were held on suspicion of planning to ‘commit crimes.’” Bunting, a 24 year old from Birmingham, England, told The Sun that, “Officials told us we were not allowed into the country because of Leigh’s Tweets. We just wanted to have a good time on holiday. That was all Leigh meant in his Tweets.”
After being held in separate holding cells for twelve hours, the two were put on a plane back to the the UK.
- 3 April, 2012 @ 5:47 [Current Revision] by Rich Whitaker
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