Toddler on no-fly list hauled off plane in US

The 18-month-old daughter of a US couple of Middle Eastern descent was ordered off a JetBlue flight in Florida as her shocked parents were told that she figured on a government no-fly list! The parents and their infant, identified only as Riyanna, had boarded JetBlue Flight 510 from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to Newark, New Jersey when they say an airline employee asked them to get off the plane. "I said, 'For what?'" Riyanna's mother said. "He said, 'It is not you or your husband. Your daughter was flagged as no fly.'"  The family is of Middle Eastern descent and the mother wears a headscarf, but they say they are US citizens and have lived in New Jersey all of their lives. The family declined to continue on the flight, saying they felt humiliated. "We were put on display like a circus act because my wife wears a hijab," Riyanna's father said.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 July 2012 on page no. 16

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