A British Muslim family were about to embark on their dream vacation to Disneyland with 11 aunts, uncles and cousins when U.S. Homeland Security banned them from boarding the flight to Los Angeles.
With no explanation or compensation, and having had their necessary travel authorization approved by the U.S. Embassy weeks before, Mohammad Tariq Mohmood and his family were denied the opportunity to visit the Happiest Place on Earth.
The Member of Parliament representing the family's district wrote a letter to Prime Minister David Cameron, demanding action.
Mr. Mahmood, 41, who owns a gym in North East London, was looking forward to reuniting with family members in Southern California for the first time in 15 years.
The trip was planned in part by the kids, ages 8 to 19, who were excited for the Disney dream vacation. Mahmood told Metro:
We had been planning the trip for four to five months and my kids had countdowns on their phones … We are decent people. My kids are obviously upset. They know why it happened and they know what is going on in the world.
He added, "It could be because of Donald Trump, as why otherwise would all of this spring up on us?"
The Mahmood family lost over £11,000, and were forced to endure the embarrassment of being turned away. Forget Disneyland; this is Dismaland.Mahmood concluded:
I respect these people need to react if there is a genuine concern but they need to make sure this concern is genuine … They need to check our backgrounds, check our accounts and check our businesses before they react like that. They can’t react like that just because we are Muslim.