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Muslim father stopped from flying to US: We were devastated

A father whose family holiday to Disneyland in the US was cancelled at the last minute by border officials has told of their "devastation".

Fitness instructor Mohammad Tariq Mahmood was among 11 members of his family hoping to fly from Gatwick to Los Angeles - but told ITV News they were pulled from the queue to board the plane by a border control officer who asked to see their passports.

Read: US 'stops British Muslim family from flying to Disneyland'

He said the official told them there was a problem and said the airport had received a phone call from Washington, banning Mr Mahmood and his party from getting on the plane.

We were devastated. We'd planned this trip for two months, the kids were excited, and all of a sudden some person just comes and says 'you're not allowed to board the plane', with no explanation.

We were alienated, the way we were just taken out the room.

I don't know why - there was no explanation.

– Mohammad Tariq Mahmood

He told ITV News that he believes the reason was because they were Muslims - saying there was no other reason he could think of.

Nobody in his family had ever been arrested, had ever been involved in any terrorist organisation, or even been to Syria, he said.

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