American Student On ‘No Fly’ List Forced To Walk Across Border

An American student was forced to walk across the U.S-Mexico border after he discovered he was on the government’s no-fly list.

What is going on with the TSA? Last month we brought you the story of an 18-month-old girl whose name showed up on a ‘no fly’ list. And now this outrage.

It happened last Tuesday, June 5. Kevin Iraniha, a native of San Diego, CA, had just received his master’s degree from a college in Costa Rica, with his proud father and brothers watching him. When he attempted to check in at a Costa Rica airport following the degree ceremony, he was told he was barred from flying into the U.S.

Along with his two brothers and father, the 27-year-old, who is a Muslim, was detained and questioned by FBI agents at the U.S. Embassy in San Jose. After three hours of interrogation, his father and brothers were given permission to fly home, but Kevin was told he could not fly. Officials told him that in order to get back home, he would have to fly into Tijuana, Mexico, and then walk across the border. (A distance of about 20 miles.)

Apparently, Americans on the ‘no fly’ list are allowed to enter the U.S. by boat or on foot.

Iraniha’s brother Johan told KCAL 9 that he was furious that his brother was subjected to such treatment.

“I definitely am angry, I’m very upset about it and I want to do as much as I can but I also wanna make sure that he’s here so we can definitely tackle the situation together, so I could see how he feels, how he was treated,” said Johan.

From The Daily Mail:

Looking bleary eyed and exhausted, Mr Iraniha was finally reunited with his family in San Ysdiro last Thursday.

In an interview with NBC San Diego the graduate described his ordeal as ‘very tiring and very depressing’.

He added: ‘I’m happy to be home, finally in my hometown where I was born and raised.’

Iraniha was given no explanation as to why he was on the ‘no fly’ list. It seems that just being Muslim is enough reason, since the recent graduate has no criminal record. Under the U.S. Privacy Act, the FBI will not confirm nor deny an individual’s inclusion on the list, which has more than 20,000 names on it. Around 500 of them are U.S. citizens.

A family member did confirm to a San Diego-area station that Iraniha had traveled to Egypt during the uprising that led to the ouster of Hosni Mubarak last year, but denied he was “the revolutionary type”. Is that enough to get someone on this infamous list?

The Council on American-Islamic relations is now examining Iraniha’s case.

What do you think of the way Kevin Iraniha was treated?

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Photo Credit: screenshot from KCAL 9 News

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June Lacy
June Lacy3 years ago


Alice H.
Alice H.3 years ago

Clearly our security system has run a muck.

Wendy F.
Wendy F.3 years ago

When babies and young children can end up on the no fly list what good is it? No good at all! It's absurd. We need to ditch everything Bush did. It was all done to increase fear and guarantee cooperation with the government so they could do anything they wanted. Don't forget Bush said the Constitution is just a piece of paper!. He's gone so let's put things right.

Erika M.
Erika M.3 years ago

Somebody really should torch the no fly list because it is a worthless piece of paper. The whole 9/11 thing was a false flag operation. The "underwear bomber" was PERSONALLY ESCORTED onto the plane he was SUPPOSEDLY going to blow up. Don't believe nay of the crap you hear on the national news about "terrorists" its the C.I.A. behind all of it.

Jennifer G.
Jennifer G.3 years ago

They just want to unfairly discourage/inconvenience people they don't like (which seem to be primarily Muslims and/or people of Middle Eastern descent)...even those who are American citizens! If they had anything solid to go on, why would they allow Kevin to cross the border from Mexico? It's all a sham and another FUBAR example of Bush's pathetic terror alert crap.

marc page
Marc P.3 years ago

"Iraniha’s brother Johan told KCAL 9 that he was furious that his brother was subjected to such treatment." Guess what? The Government doesn't give a rats ass that you were upset. You are a CITIZEN of this country. That means you shut the fu&% up and do as your masters - The U.S. Government tell you! Now that you have embarrassed them prepared to be investigated, followed, and tracked! Welcome back to the land where freedom rings!

A N M.
Anne m.3 years ago

Carole L, are you for real? Traveling between the US and Europe by boat is extremely expensive and time consuming. How are you going to travel in the US by train considering that the US has nearly no train service period? And traveling by car gets quite time consuming too if you only have one driver. How about the US starts overcoming its self-inflicted paranoia and stops turning this country into a collection of ghettos people can't get out of for lack of reasonable transportation?

A N M.
Anne m.3 years ago

Luvenia V. You don't have a clue how uninformed you are. The only links you can post are silly propaganda links. Check into facts occasionally. It was you buddy GHW Bush who blathered about this New World Order crapola, end of story. BTW, the UN was basically founded by the US too, so either way, this New World Order is nothing more than the US trying to rule the whole world.

Valarie Snell
Valarie Snell3 years ago


Carole L.
Carole L.3 years ago

Good time to quit flying and just use; train, boats, and cars. Btw, there are no ‘real’ terrorist names on the ‘no-fly list’ because they don’t want the terrorists to be alerted that ‘we’ know who they are. No shit. Well done dubbya.

Sue J
“Crazy. I understand the need to screen passengers these days’

Actually, there isn’t somebody’s making moola on those airport scanners. I can’t remember his name at this point in time. he had those scanners ready for airport implementation before 911.

Ted Kenney’s name was on the no-fly list too. Yeah he was a Muslim alrightee ditie… *eyeroll*

Hmm, FAUX REPUBLICON CAMPAIGN station must be on commercial break, the morons are babbling incoherently again. You know the difference between a babbling brook and a babbling FAUX REPUBLICON CAMPAIGN station worhipper?

A babbling brook makes a soothing, pleasant sound.