A Leawood father and son say it appears to be a case of religious discrimination, and no one has given them an explanation as to why it happened.
The incident in question occurred on a flight to London for 23-year-old Leawood college student Chip Cantor who was singled out, detained, searched and threatened with prison, according to Cantor and his father, Chuck Cantor.
They claim it was all because he was Jewish.
"One being Jewish, two my Israeli visas and three being American. I think those three things did not work in my favor. If I was not Jewish and was from Europe, they would not have had a problem letting me in," Chip Cantor said.
He says he was held in a cell for more than nine hours after being targeted by an immigration officer for additional scrutiny.
He says he was traveling on a valid U.S. passport when he was detained.
His father said his son was taken to a room where he was questioned, fingerprinted and photographed and threatened with jail.
He was also allegedly told that he was now "in the system," which would make it very difficult for him to travel into any country in the EU.
Chuck Cantor said all of this came after the original immigration officer noticed visas from Israel in his son's passport.
Chip Cantor said the woman who fingerprinted him was "in full burka," so putting two and two together, he believes the incident was a case of anti-Semitism.
He also said he was the target of anti-Semitic and anti-American slurs. Before opening Cantor's wallet to inventory the contents, a UK Border Agency officer said Cantor "must have a lot of money."
Chuck Cantor spoke with the same customs officer, who after hanging up on Cantor mid-conversation, told Chip Cantor that "your Dad hung up on me ... typical American."
"You can't just take people who have done nothing wrong and treat them as if they are criminals. You have to give a reason; an explanation and a purpose as to why you are doing the things you are doing," Chip Cantor said.
Chuck Cantor said he has contacted his congressman, who is looking into the situation.
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