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Toddler appears on US no-fly list

2012-05-11 22:10

New York - An 18-month-old girl and her parents were taken off a JetBlue Airways plane in Florida when the toddler's name appeared on a no-fly security list in what the airline called a "computer glitch".

A JetBlue spokesperson said on Friday that the airline was investigating the 8 May incident at Fort Lauderdale airport and apologised to the New Jersey family of Middle Eastern descent.

"We believe this was a computer glitch," JetBlue said in a statement. "Our crew members followed the appropriate protocols, and we apologize to the family involved in this unfortunate circumstance."

The US transportation security administration (TSA) was called to the boarding gate by the airline and, after a brief interview with the girl's parents and confirmation through its vetting system, "determined the airline had mistakenly indicated the child was on a government watch list", a TSA spokesperson said.

TSA said the family was allowed back on the flight, but the parents told a local television station they felt humiliated and uncomfortable about flying home on the same plane to Newark.

"We were put on display like a circus act because my wife wears a hijab," the toddler's father told WPBF 25 News, ABC's local affiliate in West Palm Beach.

He added that he thought his family was profiled because they are of Middle Eastern descent.

Comments
  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-05-11 22:43

    Glitch se gat!!

  • Jeremy - 2012-05-11 23:37

    The US seems to have pissed EVERYBODY off - now they scared of babies - shame

  • rudiwaan.joseph - 2012-05-12 00:28

    airline security has to be taken seriously! with the latest high tech equipment and CIA/FBI budgets one would think that they would be able to work with more than just a name on a list! I mean they have photos attached to names and possible aliases and then... they identify a baby on a no fly list! That sounds to me like they just took a change. Maybe the CIA suspected the toddlers nappy as a n underwear bomb! What a big joke! Bwahahahahaha!

  • bnnyoni - 2012-05-12 01:11

    Mayb she is Osama `s kid...

  • rhodgkiss - 2012-05-12 06:50

    The baby was well trained as an operative, in the baby's first two days after birth it's intensive training included flying a commercial aircraft....what a bunch of Morons! I believe that the comments calling this discrimination are totally valid! Radical elements are found in all sectors of society and ethnic groups.

  • Billy - 2012-05-12 07:12

    a computer glitch indeed! goes to show just how paranoid the americans are.

  • Billy - 2012-05-12 07:21

    and besides, does no one check the boarding list of passengers before they board?

  • Tumelo - 2012-05-12 08:52

    Thats America for you. Making many enemies leaves you paranoid and such stories will always surface. Imagine inviting Nelson Mandela to an award ceremony only to be retained as a dangerous terrorist on the same stupid list.

  • nikondaniel - 2012-05-12 11:32

    Their glitches, have cost thousands of lives so far...

  • Christopher - 2012-05-12 11:49

    Hahahaha.....

  • George - 2012-05-12 12:53

    this was actually on an episode of boston legal

  • Ricky Naidoo - 2012-05-12 13:43

    They gonna find some story that a hacker was involved in this. lmao

  • fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-12 20:09

    What ignorant, foolish comments. It was a computer glitch by one of the airlines, Jet Blue. Wake up. The US is not going to have a baby on it's no-fly list. What are you thinking. It's just an excuse to blame and vent your negative energy.

  • eugene.meyer1980 - 2012-07-25 12:44

    As all other babies should be on the No Fly List.

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