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6-year-old girl on 'no fly' list

WESTLAKE, Ohio, June 26 (UPI) -- The name of a 6-year-old Ohio girl wound up on the U.S. Homeland Security Department's "no fly" list, her parents say.

Alyssa Thomas of Westlake found herself in that unwanted company when the family took a trip from Cleveland to Minneapolis recently, Cleveland's WJW-TV reported Friday.

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"We were, like, puzzled," said her father, Dr. Santhosh Thomas. "I'm like, well, she's kinda 6 years old and this is not something that should be typical.

"She may have threatened her sister, but I don't think that constitutes Homeland Security triggers."

Despite the snafu, the family was allowed to complete its trip and the Thomases later contacted Homeland Security to clear up the matter.

The TV station says Alyssa got a letter from the government, notifying her there really was no problem because the watch list only started applying to domestic flights this month. A Transportation Security Administration representative wouldn't comment on the specifics of her case but noted "the watch lists are an important layer of security to prevent individuals with known or suspected ties to terrorism from flying."

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