Another potential terrorist has been successfully thwarted by the Transportation Security Administration.
This dangerous suspect stands almost 3 feet in height and prefers to take lots of naps as she’s only 18 months old.
Yes, the TSA removed the 18-month old daughter of two New Jersey-born Americans of Middle Eastern descent from a flight in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida this week. The parents of the girl say the entire incident is ridiculous.
Little Riyanna’s parents, who wish to remain anonymous, say they were approached by an airline employee late Tuesday night while on board a JetBlue flight readying for departure.
The mother was told that TSA agents were waiting to speak with the family back inside the terminal.
“And I said, ‘For what?'” Riyanna’s mother said. “And he said, ‘Well, it’s not you or your husband. Your daughter was flagged as no fly.'”
“I said, ‘Excuse me?'” the mother recalls.
The family had no choice but to exit the plane and answer questions from the TSA. They’re not buying the fact that it was their daughter who was on the list, though.
“It’s absurd,” Riyanna’s father says. “It made no sense. Why would an 18-month-old child be on a no-fly list?”
The parents say that, for about half an hour, they waited at the Ft. Lauderdale Airport while there flight was delayed.
“We were put on display like a circus act because my wife wears a hijab,” claims the father.
“We were humiliated,” he says. “We were embarrassed. We were picked on.”
Eventually, the family was allowed to board the plane, but the child’s parents say they were too embarrassed to seat themselves again. They have asked the TSA for an apology, but they have not yet gotten one.
The TSA, meanwhile, has deflected blame for the incident onto JetBlue.
“TSA did not flag this child as being on the No Fly list,” the agency said in a statement released later.
“TSA was called to the gate by the airline and, after talking to the parents and confirming through our vetting system, TSA determined the airline had mistakenly indicated the child was on a government watch list.”
So JetBlue says it was a TSA incident, while the TSA says it was an issue with the airline, adding that they won’t be investigating it.
Riyanna’s father says he plans to consult an attorney.
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