U.S. travel writer banned from Ireland in immigration snafu
In a jam like the 'Plano 3,' American journalist spends four days back-and-forth over Atlantic
“She (officer) then said ‘so you’ve left your husband and children.’ I said 'he's my ex husband and I’m on my vacation'.”
“I just couldn’t believe what I was hearing. I was in tears at this stage. She told me to go and sit down and people were just staring at me.”
Eventually the officer told Fowler she didn’t believe her story and that she was booked on the next Delta flight back to the U.S.
“I asked to speak with someone else. She said ‘you’re dealing with me. You’re out of here now’.”
Distraught and still in shock, Fowler spent the plane journey home in floods of tears trying to come to terms with the fact that she wouldn’t get to see her best friend this summer and the humiliation she suffered at the hands of the Dublin immigration officer.
“It wasn’t like I was a single kid running around Europe. I have three grown kids, two in college,” said Fowler.
After landing in Atlanta, she checked with Delta for a flight to anywhere else in Europe and was told the next flight out was going to the U.K.
“I always wanted to go to Scotland and England so I booked it for $1,900.”
Upon arriving in Manchester in England, the immigration officers saw that she had been refused entry into Ireland two days before and they too questioned her.
“I have to say the immigration officers in England were lovely. They were very professional but they too asked me a lot of questions,” she said.
After a call to Ireland, Fowler learned that she was not going to be allowed entry into the U.K. either.
“They told me they called Ireland and they said they didn’t want me in the U.K. in case I tried to get back into Ireland. Just ridiculous. And the worst part is the English immigration officers said they believed my story and when they searched my luggage they said it was obvious that I was only going on vacation.”
The next morning, Fowler was back on a plane headed for the U.S. and down $4,000 without a vacation.
Apart from being extremely upset that her vacation plans have been spoiled, that she spent four days flying back and forth across the Atlantic and that she is out $4,000 her biggest worry is that for the rest of her life she will be a marked person.
“The immigration officers in England told me to expect a lot of trouble wherever I go in the future because I wasn’t allowed into Ireland,” she said crying.
“And when will I see my friend again,” she sobs. She call to the Irish consulate in San Francisco to complain “I am indeed upset about the amount of money I am out, but all I would like out of this really is an apology and to have that mark gone off my passport so my future holidays to Ireland or elsewhere can be enjoyed and not hindered in immigration red tape,” she said.
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