WGNO in New Orleans reports a NCL cruise passenger was enjoying the end of her birthday cruise when four armed U.S. Customs and Border agents with a canine "barged into her cabin, handcuffed and detained her for no reason." They then led her in handcuffs through the crowded cruise ship. Passenger Kristen Schroeder told WGNO:
“It was horrible. It was the most mortifying experience of my whole life.”
The incident occurred on NCL’s Norwegian Jewel when the cruise ship returned to port in New Orleans.
Ms. Schroeder had a warrant for a misdemeanor. But she had resolved and paid the fine, even though the federal agency had no record of it. You can watch a video of the story here.
We have reported before on the federal government running cruise ship manifests through computer databases looking for people to arrest after the cruises are over. Read our article: Are You Cruising with a Wanted Felon? Five Passengers Arrested on Carnival Magic in Galveston.
It’s a sloppy process. Sometimes innocent people get arrested or unnecessarily harassed, like this poor woman: Passenger Wrongfully Arrested On A Carnival Cruise Ship.