Toddler 'terror suspect' removed from plane
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An 18-month-old toddler was removed from a plane after airport security deemed her a 'terror suspect'.
Little Riyanna had just boarded a JetBlue flight with her parents when an airline employee approached the family and ask them to get off the plane to speak to officers from the Transport Security Agency.
According to wpbf.com, Riyanna's mother, who wished to remain anonymous, asked: "For what?" to which the staff member replied: "Well, it's not you or your husband. Your daughter was flagged as no fly."
Riyanna's father said: "It's absurd. It made no sense. Why would an 18-month-old child be on a no-fly list?"
Both parents believed they were stopped because they are both of Middle Eastern descent, and Riyanna's mother wears a traditional head scarf, known as a hijab.
Both were born in America and raised in New Jersey.
After stepping off the plane, the coupe met with TSA agents, and waited in the terminal for around 30 minutes.
Riyanna's father said: "We were put on display like a circus act because my wife wears a hijab."
The couple were told they could re-board the plane, but decided not to as they felt so humiliated.
The TSA seem to have a track record of offending people; back in March, TSA agents subjected a young wheelchair-bound boy to an invasive body search and swabbed him for explosive residue in a security check that left his father furious.
On his way to Disneyland with his family, the little boy, who was in a wheelchair because he had a broken leg, was singled out for the check while travelling through O'Hare Airport in Chicago. His parents were not allowed to be near him during his examination.
And, in October 2011, a breast cancer survivor was been left "humiliated" after enduring a chest pat-down by TSA agents at JFK Airport in New York.
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