[The Australian] A toddler was pulled off flight by JetBlue employees on Tuesday, the family believes it is because they are Muslim but the airline blamed glitch over no-fly list confusion.

Jetblue apologizes for removing family from plane

WPBF VIDEO: Jetblue apologizes for removing family from plane

The 18-month-old New Jersey toddler was booted from her flight in Florida after officials told her family her name was flagged on the US no-fly list.

The girl, identified only as Riyanna, and her parents were set to fly home from Fort Lauderdale on Tuesday when a JetBlue official boarded their plane and removed the family, they told WPBF-TV.

“And I said, ‘For what?'” Riyanna’s mother – who declined to be identified – told the TV station. “And he said, ‘Well, it’s not you or your husband. Your daughter was flagged as no-fly.'”

The airline employee dragged the tot’s parents off the plane as JetBlue and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) hashed out the family’s situation, the New York Post reported.

“It’s absurd,” the girl’s dad said. “It made no sense. Why would an 18-month-old child be on a no-fly list?”

The dad said he believes his family was targeted because they are of Middle Eastern descent – though they were born and raised in New Jersey and speak English without any hint of an accent…..

Read the full story at the New York Post…

May 11, 2012


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