Two twentysomething tourists visiting Los Angeles from the UK got an unpleasant surprise when they landed at LAX last week. Leigh Van Bryan and Emily Bunting were arrested and questioned for five hours by American Homeland Security officials for posting two supposed inflammatory tweets prior to their arrival. Van Bryan tweeted that not only was he going to “destroy America” he was going to “dig Marilyn Monroe up!”
Sounds bad…kind of. But when you actually look at the tweets in question, they’re obviously not meant to be taken literally.
After being questioned–and having their belongings searched for spades and shovels–you would think authorities would have let Van Bryan and Bunting go. But no. The pair was taken to jail for 12 hours and then shipped back to London via Paris.
Feel safer America? How about you LA tourism industry?
Van Bryan has since made his Twitter account available to followers only. He’ll have to apply for a visa if he wants to come back to America. Methinks that might not happen anytime soon.