Family Removed Flight Because Toddler’s Name is on No-Fly List [VIDEO]
It’s an innocent traveler’s worst nightmare: being yanked off a plane because your name has somehow wound up on a watch list through no fault of your own. But what if it was your toddler who was deemed a flight risk?
That’s what happened to a family earlier this week after they were removed from a JetBlue plane before takeoff because their 18-month-old daughter’s name was on a no-fly list.
While JetBlue calls it a “computer glitch,” the child’s father, a software engineer, doubts that story and says he believes the family was profiled and ejected because they’re of Middle Eastern descent. “We were put on display like a circus act because my wife wears a hijab,” he added.
The airline has issued a statement that says in part, “We are investigating this particular incident … Our crewmembers followed the appropriate protocols, and we apologize to the family involved in this unfortunate circumstance.”
The family is, of course, upset. Not just because of the incident, but because while they were pulled from the plane for being a security risk, their luggage was not — which makes them question the safety of Jet Blue flights.