Ali Hamedani says he was forced to hand over his phone and password so it could be scoured for political views
A BBC journalist has said he was detained for two hours and subjected to invasive checks at the US border by officials imposing Donald Trump’s travel ban.
British citizen Ali Hamedani, who was born in Iran, said he was forced to hand over his phone and its password so it could be scoured for his political views.
The BBC World Service reporter’s social media accounts were probed despite him having travelled to Chicago’s O’Hare airport from London Heathrow while holding a British passport.
The Foreign Office has since said it was told by the US that extra checks would be performed on UK citizens only if they were dual nationals travelling from one of seven counties, which are predominantly Muslim. (Courtesy – BBC)