British newly-weds en route to dream Hawaii honeymoon end up spending 26 hours in Los Angeles airport detention centre before being sent home
A BRITISH newlywed couple arriving in the USA for their dream honeymoon claim they ended up spending 26 hours in an airport detention facility before being put on a plane back to London – “because the groom is Muslim”.
Natasha Politakis, 29, and Ali Gul, 32, forked out £7,000 for a dream two-week trip to LA, Hawaii and Las Vegas
But the newlyweds of Enfield, North London, claim they were locked up inside an immigration detention at LAX airport for 26 hours upon touchdown in the USA.
The couple, who said they were treated “like criminals”, say they were never told why they were refused entry but suspect it is because of Ali’s Turkish origin.
When they arrived in Los Angeles for the first day of their dream trip, which included later stops in Hawaii and Las Vegas, they were told they would need to be interviewed for five minutes – but were detained for more than a day before being flown back to England.
Natasha said: “I am in utter shock that this has happened.
“We had just got married, we were on our way to our honeymoon as excited as anything and never expected that we would be deported.
“We were treated like criminals and we had all the relevant documentation and answered all their questions.
“It’s not okay to treat people like that.
“As far as we knew before we left everything was fine, but as soon as we got there they wouldn’t let us in.
“We believe since Trump was elected, they took one look at his name, thought he was Muslim and didn’t let him in.”
The couple claim they were refused a shower and had their possessions confiscated for the entire period of their detention and were only given their phones back once they were on UK soil.
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.
Natasha said: “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.
“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.