Last week, a 22-year-old Dutch-Persian woman was prevented from boarding her flight to Los Angeles from Amsterdam Schiphol airport.
Planning to vacation with friends in California, the woman, Annahita Mazaheri, told AD that she was banned from the flight due to her Iranian surname. Though born in The Netherlands and not holding an Iranian passport, Ms. Mazaheri was ultimately unable to join her friends leading several Dutch political groups to question the authority of U.S. immigration on Dutch soil.
Of course, the instance comes as tensions between the U.S. and Iran are at a high, while the former’s “Muslim Ban” continues to be a reality for many. On this concern, D66 parliamentarian Sjoerd Sjoerdsma has asked Foreign Affairs on the powers that the American immigration service has at Schiphol. Sjoerdsma also remains concerned that travelers from the Netherlands to the US are subject to American customs “pre-clearance” protocols and, therefore, complying with the country’s “Muslim Ban”
Belachelijk! Een Nederlandse staatsburger wordt op Schiphol door de VS uit de rij gehaald op basis van haar achternaam. Dat kan én mag niet! https://t.co/zW6qPirLpC
— Sjoerd Wiemer Sjoerdsma (@swsjoerdsma) January 13, 2020