April 28, 2014
A young French mother who was flying to New York via Switzerland for a holiday with her husband and two children was told she not allowed entry to the United States, seemingly because her name sounds suspiciously like Al Qaeda.
Aida Alic arrived with her family at Geneva airport on Wednesday preparing to board a connection to JFK.
However she was told by Swiss Airlines officials that her access to the country had been denied.
Forced to cancel their trip and return to their house near Chambery in the French Alps, it wasn’t until the 33-year-old got home and started googling for answers that she realized her name appears surname first on her passport and reads ‘Alic Aida’.
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