British MP says U.S. denied boarding to Muslim family

LONDON -- Prime Minister David Cameron's office said Wednesday he will look into a lawmaker's claim that U.S. officials prevented a British Muslim family of 11 from flying to Disneyland for a planned holiday.

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Stella Creasy, a member of the opposition Labour Party, says U.S. officials gave no explanation for refusing to allow her constituents to board a flight from Gatwick Airport on Dec. 15. A top Muslim group said cases like it appear to be related to religion and are worrying for British Muslims, and that a lack of information from U.S. officials is distressing.

The issue is sensitive because U.S. Republican presidential contender Donald Trump has called for a temporary ban on Muslims visiting the U.S. due to concerns about extremist attacks.

Cameron's office said he would investigate the matter. He had earlier characterized Trump's policy as "divisive and wrong."

U.S. Embassy officials in London declined to comment on the topic.

Creasy's office told The Associated Press on Wednesday that she had written to Cameron seeking his intervention. She complained that officials who kept the family -- two brothers and their nine children -- from boarding provided no explanation to them and said she had hit "a brick wall" seeking information about the case.

She said there is "growing fear" among British Muslims that aspects of Trump's plans are coming into practice even though they have been widely condemned.

Ajmal Masroor, a London-based imam and broadcaster, said he received similar treatment when trying to travel to the U.S. for business recently. He told the AP that a U.S. Embassy official prevented him from boarding a Dec. 17 flight and told him his business visa had been revoked. He said he had never had any problem travelling on that visa before.

"I asked him why repeatedly and he said 'You must have done something wrong,' without any explanation," Masroor said.

He said he feared a "brewing trend" that U.S. officials are singling out Muslims.

"This is absolutely discrimination. It is not acceptable and playing into the hands of the terrorists," Masroor said.

The Muslim Council of Britain also said the last-minute denial of boarding privileges without explanation is worrying for Muslim communities.

"There is a perception that such decisions are being made due to the faith or political activism of individuals," the council said.



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