Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Welcome to Your US Honeymoon in Detention

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Welcome to Your US Honeymoon in Detention

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A BRITISH newlywed couple who arrived in the US for their dream honeymoon say they spent 26 hours in airport detention before being put on a plane back to London because authorities thought the groom was Muslim.

Natasha Politakis, 29, and Ali Gul, 32, forked out $15,000 for a two-week trip to Los Angeles, Hawaii and Las Vegas, but say they were locked up inside an immigration detention centre at Los Angeles LAX airport for 26 hours on touchdown.

The couple said they were never told why they were refused entry, but they suspected it was because of Ali's Turkish origin.

They allege that when they tried to find out why they were detained, authorities handcuffed them before escorting them onto a flight back to London.

"As we were going through immigration in LA, they looked at our passports and asked us to go into a side room to answer some questions," Natasha said.

"They stuck us in this detention centre in the airport, stripped us of all our possessions and didn't let us shower, get a coffee or change our clothes for 26 hours. …

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