by Alan McBride
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. -- Officials say it was a mistake to pull a passenger off a JetBlue flight before it left Fort Lauderdale this week, even though the passenger's name had apparently appeared on a list of known or suspected terrorists.
The passenger was an 18-month-old girl.
An airline employee boarded the flight and told the parents that the girl's name had turned up on the no-fly list, and they were going to have to remove her from the plane. Mom and dad naturally went with their daughter.
Officials said the employees did follow proper protocol, and didn't really have any choice.
The officials made that admission even as they admitted that it was obvious that a mistake had been made.
Authorities said the problem was most likely a computer glitch.
The family was cleared to re-board the plane, but declined, stating a sense of humiliation.
An attorney for the parents said Friday that they were not going to take any legal action against the carrier.