Thursday, May 10, 2012

18-Month-Old Child Yanked Off Plane Because She's On TSA's 'No-Fly' List

A family said they have been left 'humiliated' after they were ordered off a flight because airline staff claimed their 18-month-old was on a no fly list.
A Toddler might drop a bomb in her diaper, but not the kind that would blow a plane out of the sky. So why was an 18-month-old girl named Riyanna booted from Jet Blue flight 510 in Ft. Lauderdale on Tuesday?

Shortly after Riyanna and her parents had boarded the plane, an airline employee told them that they would need to exit because TSA agents would like to speak with them. Puzzled, they asked why. Then came the kicker: little Riyanna had been flagged as no-fly.

The baffled family disembarked and met TSA agents in the terminal. After about a half hour of embarrassing, invasive questioning, right out in the open, they were told they could re-board, without apology. But they were utterly humiliated, so they left the airport.

Now, rightly, they want to know why this fiasco happened. The parents, who have asked not to be identified for fear of backlash, believe they were targeted because of their Middle Eastern origins, and because Riyanna's mother wears a hijab. All three of them were born in the U.S. and grew up in New Jersey.

It's absurd that a child would suspected of terrorism, and it sounds like Jet Blue screwed this one up, big time.


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