Juhel Miah, 25, teacher from south Wales was on a trip to New York with students but suddenly had his trip cut short by staff at an airport in Reykjavik.
Miah teaches maths at Llangatwg comprehensive in Aberdulais and was on a trip to Iceland and then New York with a party of students and other teachers. When they reached Reykjavik airport on the 16th of February and boarded a connecting flight to New York, Miah was removed from the plane and was told ‘he had been randomly selected for a security check’. When asked about the experience Miah expressed that it “made him feel so small, as if I had done something wrong, as if I am a criminal.”
A week before this took place, the US appeals court voted against Trump’s ban order that stopped people from seven Muslim-majority countries from travelling to the United States and made a decision to suspend it. When Miah was taken off of the flight he was taken into a room asked to remove some clothing and was searched by two people for five minutes. The maths teacher described that the whole experience made him ‘paranoid, ‘scared’ and unable to eat for two days.
After the search he was taken to a hotel and stayed there for two days before boarding a plane back to England, that the school paid for. Neath Port Talbot council has written to the US embassy in London on behalf of Mr Miah demanding an explanation for what happened. The issue is currently being taken up by Welsh politicians.
A response from the US embassy in London has not been received yet.
Taken from : Youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HoBpyXPe26o
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