An immigration officer put his own wife on a terrorist watch list – so she could not get home from a trip to Pakistan. The officer was so sick of his partner that when she was visiting family overseas he added her name to the register of people banned from flights into the UK.
When she went to the airport to get her return flight back, officials told her she could not board the plane and did not explain why. She called her husband, who promised to look into it – but left her stuck in Pakistan for THREE YEARS. He was sacked after bosses found out about his antics.
Forget the obvious jokes – it’s very worrying that it’s so damn easy to put anyone on a terrorist ‘watch-list’. The UK Border Agency took three years to find out that her name was wrongly on the list? And that too only because he went for a promotion and they found his wife was on the list.
Why isn’t / wasn’t there any oversight on the process on putting people on these lists? Why aren’t people told why they are being denied the right to come back into the country, at least so they can clear their name? Why isn’t anyone asking these questions?
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