Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Equations in flight - don't do the maths

Airline security is like motherhood and apple pie: above criticism. But it shouldn't be. Is it any wonder that tighter inspections at US airports are causing thousands of passengers miss their flights (see my full story under news at silvertraveladvisor.com) when such an atmosphere of paranoia prevails? It's reported today from the US that an Italian university economics professor was taken off a domestic flight in Philadelphia after a fellow passenger became suspicious of his scribblings. Turns out he was writing down a differential equation. The mind, as they say, boggles. Couldn't a member of the crew have made an instant judgement on whether this man was a threat? Daft incidents should not just be dismissed as aberrations. They have the cumulative effect of making travellers take really useful security measures less seriously.

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