Thursday, January 6, 2011
Once again, the terrorists have won
Latest bit of news: a math professor at the University of North Florida was removed from a U.S. Airways flight from Boston to Washington after his fellow passengers alerted crew members they thought he had a suspicious package in the overhead compartment. The "suspicious package" turned out to be keys, a bagel with cream cheese and a hat. Dr. Ognjen Milatovic was escorted off the plane apparently because of disorderly conduct following the incident.
One has to wonder how such a situation could have escalated into a passenger being removed from an aircraft because of a bagel. It seems that our level of paranoia and perhaps intolerance has reached the point where anyone on an aircraft can complain about a fellow passenger and the police are called. It’s another example of other passengers essentially becoming the authority on terrorist activity on planes.
Once again, the terrorists have won.