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Toddler on no-fly list, family doesn't plan legal action

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MIAMI (AP) - A spokesman for the family of an 18-month-old girl who was pulled off a flight because airline employees thought her name was on the U.S. no-fly list says the girl's parents do not plan to take any legal action.

The toddler and her family were pulled off a JetBlue flight in Newark. (Photo: Associated Press)

Rick Abbott told The Associated Press Friday that the family is looking for an apology or an explanation from JetBlue, which blamed the problem on a computer glitch.

An airline employee boarded the Newark, N.J.-bound flight before it departed Tuesday evening from Fort Lauderdale, telling the family their toddler was on the federal list that includes thousands of known or suspected terrorists.

JetBlue says employees were following proper protocol. The U.S. Transportation Security Administration says the girl never was flagged by the agency.

According to the Newark Star-Ledger, the girl, 18-moth-old Riyanna, did not have her own boarding pass and was a lap child, but her name still appeared on the passenger manifest.

The Star-Ledger reports that Riyanna's parents are both of Middle Eastern descent. WFTV reports that JetBlue issued an apology after the incident, but that the girl and her family did not reboard the plane.

ABC7's Justin Karp contributed to this report.

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