SENIOR British politicians have been drawn into a controversial affair regarding the refusal of US Department of Homeland Security officials at Gatwick airport to allow a family of British Muslims from boarding a Los Angeles bound flight, despite having received prior authorisation.
David Cameron is reportedly preparing to examine the case which saw the family of 11 turned away at the airport for no reason on December 15.
A member of the family, Mohammad Tariq Mahmood, said the nine children were devastated that they wouldn’t be able to visit Disneyland, having planned the trip for months.
He said that officials provided no explanation for their sudden rejection and that the airport would not refund the $13,340 cost of their tickets.
“It’s because of the attacks on America – they think every Muslim poses a threat,”
The family were then told to return all the items purchased at duty-free and were then escorted from the airport.
“I have never been more embarrassed in my life. I work here, I have a business here. But we were alienated,” Mahmood said.
The news comes amid rising concerns over a perceived American overreaction to a perceived terrorist threat. Violent and hostile attacks against Muslims throughout the US are said to be rising, while an increased number of British Muslims are said to be experiencing similar unexplained flight bans.
Republican frontrunner Donald Trump has also sparked international condemnation for his calls to ban all Muslims entering the US, remarks decried as “stupid, divisive, and wrong” by Cameron.