Tuesday, 26 May 2009

TI's And A Covert No Fly Terrorist List

I made two consecutive bookings at eDreams this week to fly back to Africa, my Home Sweet Home, using a pay as you go credit card. The first booking was made on Saturday for Monday, that got cancelled and moved to Friday, that also got cancelled by eDreams this morning, Tuesday, for no apparent reason really. The Monday booking was cancelled because the credit card payment I used had been rejected, but then only after the web transaction had already been successful. This means funds had already been deducted from my account (I have the statement to show for it), but the merchant to whom the funds had been made payable rejected the transaction at the last minute. As staff at eDreams explained, (sic) "What you have is a retention not an actual charge as we can not accept yoru credit card". Asked why the payment had been rejected eDreams explained there was nothing wrong with my credit card or the payment (it had gone through), but that this was a special case, and as such cases go, for security reasons, eDreams requires that the customer pay by bank transfer. The ticket will only be issued after a successful transaction.

Because a sum I could not replace had already been deducted from my credit card account and put on electronic hold, I was left with no choice but to ASK THE MERCHANT to send my money back so I could use it in a second bank transfer transaction. This meant cancelling the booking made two days before departure given bank transfers take a minimum of three days to complete. I requested eDreams to transfer the booking to Thursday, giving me ample time to do something about this situation. I reasoned because the credit card issue was an electronic issue, the retention could be lifted immediately. I reasoned there would be enough time to transfer the cash from my credit card to some bank account, then to the eDreams bank account, and be airborne before the week was done.

What happened next came as a complete shock.

I am about to arrange a bank transfer when, without informing me, this flight gets cancelled by eDreams without even bothering to tell me about it. I even called customer care this morning about a different issue, and though they had trouble finding my booking, they didn't bother to tell me it had been cancelled. I only found out after being told too many times I had given the wrong booking number (I hadn't), after I clicked on a link to the eDreams page confirming the booking and flight to check whether shifting the flight to Thursday had also changed the booking number. It hadn't. I am sure if I could see it right in front of me as I spoke to the customer care rep, they too could see it.

The implication of this is I would have been trying my level best to see to it that funds get transferred to their account so that I can board the flight on Thursday and in reality my efforts would all have been in vain.

Weird behavior this eDreams behavior, I tell you. I am actually very interested to know just what it was that made eDreams refuse to accept the credit card payment (after processing it). I am also annoyed about what happened here. I know I do not have rights in this England country, as has been proven on several occasions before. The flight booking could have been a response to an emergency situation. Imagine something terrible had happened at home, and I had used my last funds to catch the only flight that would get me there in time, only to be told there was a retention on the credit card payment, not a charge, and I could not access the money to buy a ticket from an alternative company? Flight companies are in it for business, and most of their customers have money, but even a very rich man would raise his eyebrows at the implication of this, ie. pay twice for the same ticket?

I am suspecting what is happening in America regarding the no fly list, including the case of an 8-year-old Kansas boy causing an American national security stir after his name popped up on a no fly list, has also been applied in Europe. I think here too the "We Do Not Want Our Enemies Enjoying The Same Privileges as Ordinary Citizens" mentality has been applied, but surreptitiously and covertly, without media pomp attached, without the making of statements that are as blatant an acknowledgement of a parallel system of justice in effect, the fruition of the Orwellian Terror State, such as the quoted, made by a highly placed official in the American government, the place where all this is perfectly possible.

Does this incident with eDreams indicate I am on that list? What do you think?

Maybe making too much of this than it really is, but I cannot help but feel it is appropriate to say it would be a good idea for those who think they are going to need to move away from countries that are getting WAAAAY too fascistic, to others where freedom can still be enjoyed, to do so NOW, before the little freedoms we are clinging on to here in the west, that are making some things possible still, are taken away completely. My situation may be easy to remedy today (I will simply go strait to the Airlines itself tonight, unless the man gets there before me), and in cases where it is really about the application or abuse of the questionable No Fly Ban, it is still possible to talk about it that even mainstream media is forced to air such talk. I doubt this will be the case tomorrow, and I fear there are people out there who have already been closed in and cannot make their way to freedom. The no fly list isn't about punishment as it is an assault on the freedoms guaranteed every citizen of a country. It is, quite simply, fear of the empowering force of freedom, especially of free movement, to fight the power.


Anonymous said...

expect them to frustrate you for as long as they feel they have not done enough to you physically and mentally to account for some theory about the natural causes that led to your state and demise. you might do yourself a service to pretend you no longer have a level head. you are doing a very bad job of that here, which could be what is scaring them into not letting you go yet. right now expect they iwll be watching everything you do. expect more attacks.

Anonymous said...


Many have already been marked but do not know it. I wonder if the name sake of the 8 year old on the no fly list knows he is on the no fly list. I am guessing most probably not. He, like many people on the list, will find out the hard way.

Toyin said...

Greetings bro, exact same thing happened to me with an online airline. You are not alone, there is definitely some kind of list in the UK designed to subtly terrorise and create instability in the minds of those that openly think and act beyond the prescribed parameters of 'normality'. Keep doing what you are doing and embrace your coherent madness - it may one day save your life. Peace. Toyin

Anonymous said...

Notice the Icelandic volcano ash has locked down the whole of western Europe along with the east. England is a no fly zone (first time since 9/11), my must question who and how many are being done away with. Poor innocent individuals writers taken out while we stare at the toxic skies. What ungodly things are being down to them while if they did try and leave close the whole country down just to deal with them.

know that it's fascism out there, right down to baiting of the jews.