EasyJet BANS graduate from flying a month before Alicante trip
EasyJet BANS graduate from flying a month before Alicante trip… after confusing him with lout who has same name and birthday
- The 21-year-old from Cheshire shares his name with a convicted criminal
A Brit was banned from flying with EasyJet for ten years because of his name.
Kieran Harris, 21, booked a flight to Alicante, Spain, on May, 25, but was told a day before his flight that he was banned from flying.
The graduate, from Cheshire, found that he shared his name and birthday with a former passenger and convicted criminal who was notorious for causing disruption, according to the Mirror.
The trainee auditor claims that the airline had confused him with a man sentenced to 12 weeks in prison for behaving aggressively and abusively whilst drunk on an EasyJet flight in 2021.
The email banning Kieran said ‘due to previous disruptive behaviour’ Kieran had received a ’10 year no-fly sanction until 15/03/2031′.
Kieran Harris, 21, pictured with his mother Sheena, 54, booked a flight to Alicante, Spain, on May, 25, but was told a day before his flight that he was banned from flying
The graduate, from Cheshire, found that he shared his name and birthday with a former passenger and convicted criminal
The trainee auditor claims that the airline had confused him with a man sentenced to 12 weeks in prison
He was told he could not board the flight leaving Liverpool John Lennon Airport and would miss his holiday.
Kieran told the Mirror: ‘My friend got an email at 6pm the night before the flight, saying they had this ten-year flight ban, and I was just removed off the booking.
‘I was gutted. I couldn’t quite get my head around it.
‘I wasn’t on the booking anymore, I didn’t have a seat on the flight, and there was no point in me even going to the airport.’
Kieran claimed that EasyJet requested a picture of his passport to confirm his identity, and eventually lifted the accidental ban – leaving the holidaymaker with just hours to get to his flight.
Keiran said is considering boycotting the airline because of the ‘stressful’ situation- he had to take time off work to go back and fourth with EasyJet to resolve the issue.
This is not the first time he has been mistaken for the criminal- he claims Metropolitan Police stormed his home in bulletproof vests last year after misidentifying him.
He said: ‘We’ve had this previously. It’s this person who obviously has the same name and date of birth as me.
‘The police turned up at my family home last summer trying to question me. It was quite serious, but within five or ten minutes they knew that it wasn’t me.
‘News articles are published with a photo of this person and you can see that it’s not me.
‘They’re accusing me of doing something, whereas if they saw me in person, any human being would be able to see that it’s not me, it’s just a bit frustrating.
Kieran claimed that EasyJet requested a picture of his passport to confirm his identity, and eventually lifted the accidental ban – leaving the holidaymaker with just hours to get to his flight
‘I’m thinking of getting a name change if this continues to happen.’
His mother Sheena, 54, told the Mirror that the police stormed their home last May, they allegedly burst into their bedrooms and living room before realising they had the wrong person.
The police allegedly told the family there was another person, who also lives in the north-west of England, that has the same name.
A spokesperson for EasyJet said: ‘We are very sorry that Mr Harris was incorrectly advised he couldn’t fly with us.
‘We made this decision in good faith as Mr Harris shared the same name and date of birth and was flying from the same UK region as a passenger we’d previously banned for a serious offence onboard.
‘As soon as Mr Harris contacted us, we resolved the matter, and while he flew as originally planned, we understand the frustration this will have caused, so our team are in touch with him and will offer a gesture of goodwill in light of his experience.’
A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said: ‘This complaint did relate to police attending an address for a Kieran Harris, and it appears to have been a mistaken identity, for which we have sent an apology in writing.’
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