French mom black­listed be­cause name sounds like‘Al Qaeda’

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Ayoung French mom says she has been banned from the U.S. be­cause her name sounds like Al Qaeda.

Aida Alic, whose name ap­pears on her pass­port as Alic Aida, was stopped at Geneva air­port as she was about to board a flight to New York and told she had been black­listed af­ter the Swiss air­lines had re­ceived no­tice from U.S. bor­der au­thor­i­ties.

“At first I thought it was a joke, then I re­al­ized our trip was not go­ing to hap­pen,” she told the Dauphine Libere web­site.

At first I thought it was a joke, then I re­al­ized our trip was not go­ing to

hap­pen.

Alic, lives in south­east­ern France and had painted her fin­ger­nails in the colours of the Stars and Stripes in readi­ness for her trip,

She was trav­el­ling with her hus­band and two young chil­dren.

Alic says she can only think of one rea­son why she has not been al­lowed into the U.S. — her name.

“Alic Aida, Al Qaeda. When friends make the play on words to try and pull my leg, I am used to it, but not this. Es­pe­cially as my name is pro­nounced Al­itch. It is of Yu­goslav ori­gin. And now here I am la­belled as a risk.”

Culled from ny­dai­lynews. com

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