Washington, Jun 27 (ANI): The US Homeland Security Department has put a six-year-old Indian origin American girl on the "no fly" list on the grounds of having suspected ties to terrorists.
Alyssa Thomas, 6, is under the spotlight of the US Government, and her family recently came to know that she is on the "no fly" list maintained by the US Homeland Security.
"We were, like, puzzled. I'm like, well, she's kinda six-years-old and this is not something that should be typical," said Dr. Santhosh Thomas.
During a recent trip from Cleveland to Minneapolis, Dr. Thomas and his wife were made aware of the listing. The ticket agent at the Continental counter at Hopkins Airport notified the family, FOX News reports.
"They said, well, she's on the list. We're like, okay, what's the story? What do we have to do to get off the list? This isn't exactly the list we want to be on," said Dr. Thomas.
The Thomas family was allowed to make their trip but they were told to contact the Homeland Security to clear up the matter. Alyssa received a letter from the government, notifying the six-year-old that nothing will be changed and they won't confirm nor deny any information they have about her or someone else with the same name.
"She's been flying since she was two-months old, so that has not been an issue. In fact, we had traveled to Mexico in February and there were no issues at that time," said Alyssa's dad.
According to the Transportation Security Administration, Alyssa never had any problems before because the Secure Flight Program just began in June for all domestic flights.
The Thomas family can still fly, but the check-in process will likely take much longer. They plan on making another appeal to US Homeland Security. (ANI)