New York, Geneva (AirGuide - Airline News Africa / Middle East) Jun 20, 2010
No-fly list traps some Americans overseas. Yahya Wehelie says he traveled to Yemen to study computer science and find a wife -- at the insistence of his mother -- but now the 26-year-old American Muslim finds himself unable to return home to Virginia. FBI agents detained Wehelie during a plane change in Egypt, telling him he was on the no-fly list. Six weeks later, he remains stuck in Cairo, trying to convince U.S. authorities that "I'm not even a religious person. I hate al-Qaida." Muslim groups and civil libertarians say the no-fly list is making international travel untenable for American Muslims. "For many of these Americans, placement on the no-fly list effectively amounts to banishment from their country," says an attorney with the ACLU. Jun 18, 2010
Virginia man said he has been stuck in limbo in Egypt for the last six weeks A Virginia man said Wednesday he has been stuck in limbo in Egypt for the last six weeks, living in a cheap hotel and surviving on fast food after his name was placed on a U.S. no-fly list because of a trip to Yemen. Yahya Wehelie, a 26-year-old Muslim who was born in Fairfax, Virginia to Somali parents, said he spent 18 months studying in Yemen and left in early May. The U.S. has been scrutinizing citizens who study in Yemen more closely since the man who tried to blow up a U.S.-bound airliner on Christmas was linked to an al-Qaida offshoot in Yemen. Wehelie was returning to the U.S. with his brother Yusuf via Egypt on May 5 when Egyptian authorities stopped him from boarding his flight to New York. They told him the FBI wanted to speak with him. Jun 16, 2010
Continental Airlines Continental Airlines announced today plans to launch new daily nonstop flights between Houston and Lagos, Nigeria, beginning November 10, 2011, subject to government approval. It will be the first daily scheduled service offered between Texas and Africa by any carrier. Lagos will be ContinentalOs first destination in Africa and the 30th city in its trans-Atlantic route network. It is the second new international destination announced in the last month that will be served nonstop from Houston, ContinentalOs largest hub. Continental currently serves 63 international destinations nonstop from Houston and recently announced plans to begin nonstop service between Houston and Auckland beginning Nov. 16, 2011, subject to government approval. With the addition of...