British Muslim Family Barred From Flight to Disneyland
A British Muslim family headed to Disneyland was prevented from boarding a plane to Los Angeles by U.S. authorities, even though they had received authorization for the trip, the Guardian reports. They weren't given an explanation for why they were turned away; the airline merely informed them they would not be reimbursed for the $13,340 flight fees.
But a member of the family, Mohammad Tariq Mahmood, told the Guardian he had little doubt about why they were barred from the flight.
“It’s because of the attacks on America—they think every Muslim poses a threat,” Mahmood told the Guardian.
The nine kids were, predictably, very upset.
“I have never been more embarrassed in my life. I work here, I have a business here. But we were alienated,” Mahmood told the Guardian.
Although the Department of Homeland Security has yet to comment, the incident conjures disturbing parallels to comments by Donald Trump calling for a ban on immigration and travel by Muslims to the U.S.