Baby Booted Off JetBlue Flight For Being On ‘No-Fly’ List – So Much For Common Sense!
We all know that traveling with kids can be a pain. You know, like when your baby has a diaper explosion during takeoff, or when you get the stink eye simply for breeding in the first place. But a recent JetBlue incident takes family travel – and common sense – to an all new low.
Earlier this week, airline officials removed an 18-month-old child from an airplane, claiming she was on the “no-fly” list. That’s right, little Riyanna was on a flight at the Fort Lauderdale Airport when a JetBlue employee approached her parents and ordered them off the plane. Riyanna’s mom asked why, only to be told, “Well, it’s not you or your husband. Your daughter was flagged as no-fly.”
The family, who wishes not to be identified, are of Middle Eastern descent (the mother wears a head scarf). They ended up speaking to TSA agents and then waiting in the terminal for 30 minutes before they were allowed back on the flight. At that point, they decided not to fly – can you blame ’em? – and left the airport.
“It’s absurd,” said Riyanna’s father. “It made no sense. Why would an 18-month-old child be on a no-fly list?” He also said he was humiliated and that, “We were put on display like a circus act because my wife wears a hijab.”
JetBlue is defending its actions and said the problem stemmed from a “glitch” in its computer system (they’re investigating the situation). “Our crew members followed the appropriate protocols, and we apologize to the family involved in this unfortunate circumstance,” said airline spokeswoman Sharon A. Jones. “Our crew members are trained to address each situation discreetly, treating every customer with dignity and respect.”
Perhaps they should begin training their crew members to use common sense.