US bars British Muslim family from flying to Disneyland

British MP urges David Cameron to intervene as family of 11 was stopped from boarding their flight to Los Angeles


Afp December 23, 2015
The family of 11 from north east London had planned a holiday to Disneyland in California after saving thousands of pounds for the trip. PHOTO: AFP

Prime Minister David Cameron was urged to intervene on Wednesday after a British Muslim family was prevented from flying to the United States for a visit to Disneyland.

The family of 11 was stopped from boarding their flight to Los Angeles at London's Gatwick airport on Tuesday last week by immigration officials.

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Mohammad Tariq Mahmood, who was travelling with his brother and nine of their children, said the officials gave no reason for blocking their travel plans.

But he told the Guardian newspaper he believed it was because US officials "think every Muslim poses a threat".

"Because I have a beard and sometimes wear Islamic dress, I get stopped and asked questions," Mahmood added in comments to the BBC. "I feel that is part of the deal of flying."

The family has also been unable to secure a refund for the cost of the flights -- around £9,000.

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Mahmood's local lawmaker in London, Stella Creasy of the main opposition Labour party, has asked Cameron to look into what happened.

Cameron's Downing Street office confirmed that the prime minister would respond to Creasy's request.

"Online and offline discussions reverberate with the growing fear that UK Muslims are being 'trumped' -- that widespread condemnation of Donald Trump's call for no Muslim to be allowed into America contrasts with what is going on in practice," Creasy wrote in Wednesday's Guardian.

"We should do more than shrug our shoulders at secretive American security policies that leave our constituents in such limbo."

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The US embassy in London and Britain's Home Office did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

COMMENTS (18)

LS | 5 years ago | Reply @Shaine: Non Muslims in GCC countries are safe? This is joke of the century. With 152 be-headings in KSA, sub-human working conditions in Qatar and else where where more than 10 people live in a tiny room where there is no freedom to practice their religion, express their views, where house maids and wives from foreign countries are routinely abused raped and murdered... their hands and heads chopped for minor offences? You need your head checked. Or you are one of those who live a privileged life.
LS | 5 years ago | Reply Well his 16 year old son said he was Member/Leader of Al-Qaeda and Taliban, His brother was refused Visa to Israel for similar reason.
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