"I don't want to be on the list. I want to fly and see my grandma," the 4-year-old boy said, according to his mother.
Sijollie Allen and her son had trouble boarding planes last month. "Is this a joke?" Allen recalled telling Continental Airlines agents Dec. 21 at Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport. "You can tell he's not a terrorist!"
She said it took several minutes of pleading and a phone call by the ticket agent to get on the plane to New York.
Allen, a Jamaican immigrant, said workers at La Guardia Airport were even more hard-nosed before their Dec. 26 flight home. She said a ticket agent told her: "You're lucky that we're letting you through instead of putting you through the other process."