Last Update 20:32
Sunday, 22 September 2019

British Muslim family barred from flying to Disneyland

AFP , Wednesday 23 Dec 2015
Mohammad Tariq Mahmood
Mohammad Tariq Mahmood, whose family was barred from flying to the United States for a visit to Disneyland, in an interview with ITV News. (Photo: Snapshot)
Share/Bookmark
Views: 1444
Share/Bookmark
Views: 1444

Prime Minister David Cameron was urged to intervene 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.

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 (12,000 euros, $13,400).

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."

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

Short link:

 

Email
 
Name
 
Comment's
Title
 
Comment
Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.
1



expat
23-12-2015 06:07pm
0-
6+
he and his brother..
and 9 children....where are the niqabi wifeys? and btw,"sometimes wear islamic" cloths,means,he is rather radical,given his location of citizen ship would not surprise me,if he comes from luton,birmingham or any other rather "strict" islamist occupied areas of britanistan
Email
 
Name
 
Comment's Title
 
Comment
Latest

© 2010 Ahram Online.