Eighteen-month-old Riyanna has been called a lot of things: cute, adorable and now ... a suspected terrorist. She was called that on Tuesday night at the Ft Lauderdale Airport. She and her parents had just boarded a JetBlue flight when an airline employee approached them and asked them to get off the plane, saying representatives from the Transportation Security Agency wanted to speak to them.Apparently they had not received the required amount of inconvenience, inconsideration and humiliation that all airport patrons must be given to ensure the safety of the flying public.
"And I said, 'For what?'" Riyanna's mother asked. "And he said, 'Well, it's not you or your husband. Your daughter was flagged as no fly.'"Man. Only 18 months old and already on the no fly list. This kid has to be about 17 different kinds of bad, you know? We're talking won't eat her peas, tantrums in the Wal-mart, not taking a nap bad. Wonder how many of the other passengers came around to thank the TSA folks for being so vigilant.
Riyanna's mother wears a hijab, a traditional head scarf.Well there you have it then: attempting to fly while Muslim. TSA probably thought the kid was just a doll packed with explosives. You don't get much past them. That's why we have a no fly list.
TSA said that since Riyanna and her parents were issued boarding passes, that means they had been cleared by the TSA and were definitely not on the no-fly list.Oh, did we say you were on the no fly list? Silly us. You're not on the no fly list, you're on the not Caucasian list. Sorry for the mix up.