Toddler Put on TSA’s “No Fly” List, Taken Off Plane


Not that you needed another reason to wonder what is going on with TSA, but here is one: On Tuesday night, an 18-month-old girl, Riyanna, and her parents were asked to get off a plane in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, after a Jet Blue employee said that the toddler’s name had showed up on a “no fly” list. The family was told to get off the Newark, NJ-bound flight and speak to representatives from TSA.

According to the New York Daily News, Riyanna’s mother, on asking why they had been asked to leave the plane, was told “Well itís not you or your husband. Your daughter was flagged as a no fly.” Both the child’s parents are of Middle Eastern descent, says†WPBF News. After being questioned by TSA officials, the family was informed they could reboard the flight but declined and left the airport.

Jet Blue and TSA are both issuing statements blaming each other about the incident. In its statement, Jet Blue said that it apologizes to the family “in this unfortunate circumstance” and said that it believed that TSA had flagged Riyanna’s boarding pass as on the “no fly” list; a†”computer glitch” was the reason that Riyanna was flagged.

For its part, TSA is saying in its own statement that “the airline had mistakenly indicated the child was on a government watch list,” according to the†New York Daily News.

Lost in the airline’s and the agency’s spat is the cost of the incident on Riyanna and her parents, who describe the experience as humiliating.†As Riyanna’s father said to†WPBF News, “We were put on display like a circus act because my wife wears a hijab.” He also said he thought the family had been profiled because they are of Middle Eastern descent.

How many more “glitches” does TSA have to make before it starts to train its agents to use common sense and show some human sensitivity?


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Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin3 years ago

Lose the hijab and adjust to Western customs if you think you're being targeted for your clothing habits.

Ruadha S.
Ruadha S.3 years ago

OK, I can believe in a computer glitcxh. But isn't there ONE person at Jet Blue (TSA is hopeless) that couldn't look at the age and say "well, obviouls that's wrong, let's fix it."

Loo Samantha
Loo sam3 years ago


Karen C.
Karen C.3 years ago

Not surprising considering that TSA employees must be trained not to think for themselves and follow all rules blindly.

Nancy Y.
Nancy Y.3 years ago

I would expect that this should have ended with a "Surprise!!! You're on Candid Camera!!!" or Ashton Kutcher declaring "You've been punked!!!"

Sarah M.
Sarah M.3 years ago


Julie Evans
Julie Evans3 years ago

TSA peeps are getting more ignorant! Common sense people! What is an 18 month old going to do to your country?!!!

Mark Donners
Mark Donners3 years ago

You really have to watch out for toddlers these days. This circus act is on the same level as the police morons who cuffed, fingerprinted and booked a five year old for throwing a tantrum. On the other hand America including Canada have always been societies filled with greed and corruption since invading Europeans stole the Indian's land from them

Kara C.
Kara C.3 years ago

While from the article it sounds bad sometimes there is suspicion that a child is being taken out of the country illegally so they say that the child is on the no fly list until they can ensure their safety also as Wesley A pointed out the list contains only names and no further details for a person. At least that is the case in Australia.

Nimue Pendragon
Nimue Pendragon3 years ago

Are these the same morons who checked an old lady's incontinence pants for a bomb, and busted a diabetic's insulin pump? They really do have serious problems with their staff. They need to train them a bit better.