Baby on TSA "No Fly List" Pulled From JetBlue Flight
JetBlue apologizes for computer error which tagged baby on "No Fly List."
A baby aboard a JetBlue flight in Fort Lauderdale, Florida was pulled off the plane along with her parents because she was on the Transportation Security Administration's "No Fly List," according to the New York Daily News.
The appearance of 18-month-old toddler Riyanna on the TSA "No Fly List" would shock anyone, especially the parents of the child who couldn't believe when they were told why they were taken off the plane.
“I said ‘For what?’” Riyanna’s mother told the New York Daily News. “And he (TSA agent) said, ‘Well it’s not you or your husband. Your daughter was flagged as a no fly.’”
While the couple didn't want to be identified, the mother was wearing a head scarf and they were both of Middle Eastern descent.
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After the couple spoke with TSA agents, they were let go and put back on the plane.
“We were put on display like a circus act because my wife wears a hijab,” Riyanna’s father said.
In a statement to the Daily News, a JetBlue spokesperson blamed a computer glitch, which the company believes flagged the toddler's boarding pass as being on the TSA's No Fly List.
"We notified and collaborated with TSA. TSA cleared the customers to travel on JetBlue," the airline said, later adding that the crew members followed the proper protocols.
"We apologize to the family involved in this unfortunate circumstance."