Anger grows over children caught in no-fly lists
CTV News | January 5, 2016
Six-year-old Canadian Syed Adam Ahmed garnered national attention when he needed special security clearance to fly to Boston for the NHL Winter Classic — but he’s far from the only child to be mistakenly caught in a “no-fly list.”
Sheldon Ali says his son, Naseer Muhammad, was held up before flying for the first time when he was only 10 weeks old.
“We know it is going to happen every time,” said Ali. Repeated incidents have led Ali to believe that his son has been targeted because of his religion and ethnic background.
“My son’s name is Muslim. We are Muslim. So it leaves me to believe (that) this is a form of racial profiling,” he said.
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However, Muslim groups are looking for concrete steps to improve the process and prevent the wrong names from landing — and staying — on the list.
“There has to be due process … before a person is listed,” said Khalid Elgazzar, lawyer and vice-chair of the National Council of Canadian Muslims….