British Muslim family blocked from boarding plane to Disneyland
LONDON — Prime Minister David Cameron’s office said Wednesday he will look into claims that U.S. officials prevented a British Muslim family of 11 from flying to Disneyland for a planned holiday.
The issue is sensitive because U.S. Republican presidential contender Donald Trump has called for a temporary ban on Muslims visiting the U.S. due to concerns about extremist attacks.
Stella Creasy, a member of the opposition Labor Party, said U.S. officials gave no explanation for refusing to allow her constituents to board a flight from Gatwick Airport on Dec. 15, so she wrote Cameron seeking his intervention. A top Muslim group said cases like this appear to be related to religion and are worrying for British Muslims.
Mohammed Zahid Mahmood said he and his family — two brothers and their nine children — were told nothing except that they were not allowed to travel to the U.S. despite having previously obtained clearance.
“We were the only family that was of Asian, Muslim, sort of appearance, and it seemed a little bit embarrassing that only we were taken out (of the line to board),” he told the BBC.
Cameron’s office said he would investigate the matter. He had earlier characterized Trump’s policy as “divisive and wrong.”
U.S. Embassy officials in London declined to comment on the topic.
Another hot topic to post about, maybe it will take our attention off of other matters.
We have no evidence from the article I see that this family could present a danger but one never knows, they could have radical connections, go to a radical Mosque. The article does mention an Imam that was likewise denied travel.
That said, I find it sad that something like this happens obviously of course, of all things, to be planning to go to Disneyland, well, they’ve got one in France too.