A man is not allowed to fly with Easyjet for ten years. He was not guilty of anything, except for having a fateful name.
London – Easyjet has banned Briton Kieran Harris from flying with the airline for ten years. The 21-year-old has given the airline little reason to do so. The reason for the flight ban is his name. Because, as he explains to the British daily newspaper The Mirror, there was a mix-up that he had already experienced several times in his life. Accordingly, he has a namesake who is said to have appeared more often negatively. It was not the first time that the "popular" name Harris had been to the detriment.
Traveler gets ten years flight ban – because of a name mix-up
Because in addition to the same first and last name, Harris and his namesake share another characteristic: they have their birthdays on the exact same day. When Harris wanted to fly to Alicante in southern Spain on May 25, the same identification data of the two men was his undoing. "My friend received an email at 18pm the night before the flight saying that there was a ten-year flight ban and I was simply dropped from the booking."
"Was devastated": Holidaymakers frustrated after unlawful flight ban
According to the airline, Harris received a "10-year no-fly sentence until March 15, 2031" "due to his previous disruptive behavior." In 2021, his namesake was sentenced to twelve weeks in prison for aggressive and offensive behavior after a flight with Easyjet. "I was devastated. I couldn't quite come to terms with it."
It was only when Easyjet demanded a photo of his passport that the oversight was noticed and the ban was lifted. However, his experience with the airline was "frustrating" because he would have lost a lot of time to get to his flight under these circumstances. After all, he got the right plane on time, unlike a woman who accidentally got on the wrong plane and flew 1400 kilometers in the wrong direction.
The airline Easyjet has banned a customer from flying for ten years because of his name. © Patrick Pleul /dpa
Harris criticises the fact that the airline had only contacted him a day before departure: "We had booked the holiday a month ago and even checked in online over a week ago, so they had so much time to contact us." It was not until the following day, shortly before the flight, that he could have solved the problem with the airline; According to rumors, however, there are even advantages to being the last to get on the plane. Nevertheless, this will presumably not have reduced the stress.
Because of name confusion: police storm the wrong house
The aspiring auditor explains that a few months earlier, even the Metropolitan Police in London had stormed his house with heavily armed officers in bulletproof vests because they had mistakenly identified him as the fake Kieran Harris. His mother explains, "They stormed into the house, into his bedroom, and forced him to come downstairs."
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It was only after a ten-minute interrogation that the officers found that it was a mix-up and that another person was actually being sought. The problems are so far-reaching that Harris is thinking about drawing personal consequences: "I'm thinking about a name change if that continues." Easyjet has not yet responded to an inquiry to tz.de for IPPEN. MEDIA.