British Muslim family barred from US flight were linked to ‘extremist’

A BRITISH Muslim family barred from a flight to their dream Disneyland holiday has been linked to an extremist Facebook page.

 

Mohammad Tariq Mahmood, his brother and their nine children were refused permission to board a flight to California at Gatwick Airport despite having already checked in, leaving the family £11,000 out of pocket and in tears.

Initially Mr Mahmood felt his family had been discriminated against because of their religion as the blow came soon after US presidential hopeful Donald Trump called for a ban on all Muslims entering the US.

But now it has emerged his 18-year-old son, Hamza Mahmood, has been linked to page on social media website Facebook that is alleged to contain extremist material.

Mohammed1The family’s home address has also been linked to the page but Mr Mahmood says it is all a big mistake and his family has no links to extremism.

He said the Facebook page was credited to someone called Hamza Hussain and his son had been implicated as he has a similar name.

The 41-year-old said: “It is not my son’s Facebook page. It has a similar name, but not the same as my son’s. The page is also linked to our home address and that could be coincidence. I don’t know why it is linked there.

“The name is not even the same. The authorities must have linked it simply because of the name Hamza.”

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