As we’ve already seen from the hug-happy 4-year-old, the 7-year-old on crutches, and the baby who caused the evacuation of an entire airport terminal, terror threats are getting younger and younger. The latest: An 18-month-old little girl who somehow allegedly ended up on a no-fly list.
The girl’s family had boarded their JetBlue flight in Ft. Lauderdale when an airline staffer asked them to leave the plane because the TSA wanted to speak with them.
The dad recounts the exchange to WPBF-TV:
And I said, ‘For what?’… And he said, ‘Well, it’s not you or your husband. Your daughter was flagged as no fly.’ I said, ‘Excuse me?’
“It’s absurd…It made no sense. Why would an 18-month-old child be on a no-fly list?
Even though the family was eventually given permission to re-board the plane, they chose to leave the airport because they felt they had been humiliated by the ordeal.
No one offered them an apology, they say, and now neither the TSA nor JetBlue will accept blame for the screw-up.
The airline tells WPBF that it is a TSA issue, while the TSA folks say it is most definitely an airline issue, as the family would not have been issued boarding passes had they actually been on the agency’s no-fly list.
In a statement to Consumerist, the TSA confirms:
TSA did not flag this child as being on the No Fly list. 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.
Thanks to Dov for the tip!