“Why is our (Canadian-born) 6-year-old on DHP no-fly list?” Ahmed tweeted. “He must clear security each time. He is 6.”
Khadija Cajee, his mother, says the family has faced “continuous delays” during travel since their son’s birth, which appears to stem from the fact he shares a name with someone on the watch list. The family thought their case was unusual — and isolated. But since Ahmed’s tweet last week, other parents have come forward to relate similar unpleasant experiences involving young children.
For Naseer Muhammad Ali, the security checks began on his first flight, at 10 weeks old, with a pat-down at a Jamaican airport en route to Toronto.
“She checked his diaper — like, patted down the entire diaper,” his mother, Khudija Ali said, referring to a security agent.
Now almost 3, Naseer hasn’t had another diaper check, but his mother says she was told her son is “on some sort of list.”