NEWARK - Officials say an 18-month-old girl was mistakenly pulled off a JetBlue flight before it left for Newark Liberty International Airport because airline employees thought her name was on the U.S. no-fly list.

An airline employee boarded the flight before it departed Fort Lauderdale Tuesday evening, telling the family their toddler was on the federal list that includes thousands of known or suspected terrorists.

JetBlue on Thursday blamed the problem on a computer glitch, saying employees were following proper protocol. The U.S. Transportation Security Administration says the girl never was flagged by the agency.

The family was cleared to re-board. But they declined, saying they were too embarrassed. They expect to fly back to New Jersey today.