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Monday 2 October 2023 Dublin: 12°C
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US stops British Muslim family from boarding flight for Disneyland trip
The family have been given no explanation and will not be refunded for their £9,000 trip.

US AUTHORITIES PREVENTED a British Muslim family from boarding a flight from Gatwick to Los Angeles for a holiday in Disneyland.

The Guardian reports the family were told at the departure lounge that their authorisation to travel, which had been granted online weeks beforehand, had been cancelled.

Mohammad Tariq Mahmood, his brother and nine of their children were given no explanation and were forced to return the duty free they bought as they were escorted back through the airport.

They will not receive a refund for their £9,000 trip.

“It’s because of the attacks on America – they think every Muslim poses a threat,” Mahmood told The Guardian.

The family’s story was highlighted by Labour MP Stella Creasy, who wrote to David Cameron to ask why the family had been stopped.

“It is not just the family themselves who are livid,” she said, according to Sky News.

“The vacuum created by a refusal to provide any context for these decisions is fuelling resentment and debate.”

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