That was enough for the woman who was sitting next to him to denounce him and the immigration authorities of the United States stopped him and interrogated him.
That happened to a Mexican who was traveling from Cancun to New York with his three-year-old daughter, his wife Maura Furfey has shown. “There will always be people who make racist comments, but we never thought that the flight attendants would take one of these observations seriously,” his American spouse has lamented in an article published Monday in The Huffington Post.
The nightmare of Furfey and her family began when she was driving to the Newark airport in the New York metropolitan area, and received a call from a sergeant. There had been an “incident” on the United Airlines flight in which her husband and daughter were traveling. His heart stopped.
The customs agent tried to calm her down and explained that both were fine, but that another passenger had accused her husband of child trafficking. “She assured me that my white-skinned daughter did not look like her Mexican father and that made her suspect that she had kidnapped her,” says Furfey, adding that there was no evidence or reason to support the complaint.
When the plane landed, a group of officials from the Airport Authority and the United States Bureau of Customs and Border Protection approached the man and escorted him out of the aircraft. The agents began to throw questions. Where he was born, where he had been registered, who was the mother.
He did not know what was happening. Her daughter did not stop crying, according to Furfey. She corroborated her husband’s answers and the authorities were convinced that they were not lying, but said that “it was not worthwhile” to investigate the mental state of the complainant.
All of her husband’s immigration documents were in order his residence permit, his passport and an authorization from Furfey for the minor to leave the United States to visit her husband’s family for a week.
Days after filing a complaint with the airline, he obtained an apology and a $ 100 coupon for his next flight with United. “It’s useless because we’ll never fly with this particular company,” he wrote. The company had been involved in another scandal, after violently expelling a passenger from a flight that had been oversold.
“It was a frightening experience for us, a simple revision of the passports or travel records of my husband had shown that there was no problem and we would have saved the drama and stress that this created,” the woman claims, teaches Spanish at a school in the Bronx. “In this political climate filled with hatred , we were prepared or we thought so, but we could never have been prepared for this,” says Furfey.