Student ‘thrown in American cell with blood and feces’ because of unknown visa rule

Australian Jack Dunn, 23, said he violated a little-known rule under the Visa Waiver Program – which also applies to Britons – which resulted in him being thrown in a US cell after arriving in Hawaii.

Jack Dunn told how he was detained at Honolulu International Airport

A college student has shared how he was handcuffed and bundled up in a US prison cell after violating a little-known rule under the Visa Waiver Program.

Australian Jack Dunn, 23, was traveling to the US for a backpacking holiday, with no solid plans as to where to go, the Daily Star reported.

Arriving at Honolulu International Airport, Hawaii, he was asked by border guards if he had booked a flight from the US.

He told them he had booked one to Mexico that did not meet the rules of the Visa Waiver Program, which are also used for British citizens.

“You’ll have to come with me,” he was told at the airport.

Jack said he violated a little-known rule in the Visa Waiver Program



Travelers entering the US under the Visa Waiver Program must have already booked a ticket to another place, but not a ticket in a neighboring country or island.

Jack said he was interrogated for hours and eventually tried to book a flight to Panama from an employee’s phone because he had no internet access.

Jack told “But that was $500 (£400) and I didn’t have that in my account and then I tried the [US Customs and Border Protection officer] that I only needed the internet to transfer money.”

The border officer didn’t even seem to realize that Jack had made an innocent mistake, he claimed

Jack would not be able to “overcome the suspicion of a targeted immigrant” in a transcript of the immigration interview seen by

Jack claimed he was being held in a cell smeared with blood and feces



After being told he would be flown back to Sydney the next day, Jack was handcuffed and taken to the “scary” federal detention center in Honolulu.

He claimed he had been searched and placed in cells, including one smeared with blood and excrement on the walls.

“If you’re not in your own country, you can’t control what’s going to happen to you, so I kind of thought I’d never get out,” he said.

Other inmates cried as he was taken to his cell, where his cellmate “talked to himself and slammed into the walls”.

Jack spent a total of about 30 hours in jail during which he said he was denied contact with his family.

His family said they only discovered something was wrong after a border officer called them at 5:30 a.m. and said Jack was safe, but gave no further details.

A U.S. CBP spokesperson told “Under the Visa Waiver Program, applicants must have a round-trip ticket that will transport the traveler from the United States to another foreign port or place, as long as the trip does not end. in adjacent territory or an adjacent island; except that the return ticket may carry the traveler to an adjacent territory or island, if the traveler is a resident of the destination country.”

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