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Muslim teacher kicked off US-bound flight told he is NOT banned from America

Juhel Miah was taken off plane heading to New York.A Birmingham-born teacher refused entry to America on a school trip was left furious after the US authorities denied he was barred.

Juhel Miah was taken off a New York-bound flight at Reykjavic while on a school trip.

Despite video footage showing it happening, Mr Miah said he had received a letter from US embassy officials saying otherwise.

Speaking to BBC Wales’ Sunday Supplement radio show, the Llangatwg Community School teacher said: “I was gobsmacked reading the letter.

“The last paragraph — it says something like Mr Miah has not been denied entry to America nor has he ever applied for a visa.

“Both those comments are not true.”

He said he had an Esta (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation) for his trip which was valid until January 2019.

He added: “When I read this I thought it was a joke at first.

“I am hoping to make as much noise as possible so someone can hear me and someone can help me.”

Mr Miah said he did not want to put it to the US authorities that his Muslim religion was the reason for what happened.

“I don’t want to put words into everybody’s mouth,” he said.

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“I want someone to say: ‘This is why you were denied entry’. I just want answers.

“I’m trying to get a solution but I’m not getting anywhere.”

Mr Miah, who was 25 when he was taken off the plane in February, said people had contacted him since the story broke to say they’d had similar experiences.

He admitted he was “dreading” going abroad in case his passport was flagged up again as a problem.

“The last thing I want is to be denied entry to another country,” he said.

Mr Miah, who now lives in Swansea, said the worst part of the Reykjavic experience was that it took place in front of 39 pupils from his Aberdulais school.

But he said he had received a lot of support from strangers who recognised him from the media coverage, Wales Online reported .

“In Swansea I was stopped by random people saying ‘sorry’ and ‘do your best to get answers’,” he said.

One person had even sent him £20.

Mr Miah said he did not want his career to be affected.

“I have done everything in my life to be a maths teacher ,” he said.

BBC Wales said it had received a response from the US embassy saying it could not comment on individual cases.

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Neath Port Talbot Council said it was “appalled” by what had happened.

Mr Miah added: “I want this story to make a difference, and for something to happen.”

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