Ex policeman labelled a terrorist on cruise
A retired British policeman's holiday was ruined after travel agents accidentally classified him a terrorist.
Holidaymaker John McGarry - who was an officer in Greater Manchester Police Department for 30 years - felt shunned by crew and other holiday goers during his £6,500 New York and Caribbean cruise after a travel agent completed security questions on his behalf incorrectly which led to questioning for "terror links."
John said: "The cruise was ruined for me - no-one would come near me, it was like I had the plague."
Cresta World Travel in Altrincham agreed to complete the Electronic System for Travel Authorization required by US Department of Homeland Security on John's behalf but ticked yes to the question "Do you seek to engage in or have you ever engaged in terrorist activities, espionage, sabotage, or genocide?"
Within a week of embarking on his sea cruise he was escorted off of the ship for questioning.
John complained after arriving home from the hellish holiday and was offered a £150 compensatory voucher, which he rejected.
He said: "They sent me a £150 voucher off another holiday with them. I sent it right back - I don't want anything to do with them."