Tuesday, September 21, 2004
Contemplative in Milwaukee
Thanks to Deepak for passing this on to me, as the ludicrous stupidity of the situation seems to match perfectly with the source of the news: AIM news (with CNN). Here it is:
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Midwest Airlines canceled a flight ready to take off for San Francisco after a passenger found Arabic-style handwriting in the company's in-flight magazine and alerted the crew.Great, you cancel a flight because somebody wrote something in Farsi in the in-flight magazine. First of all, this should be a lesson to everybody not to read the in-flight magazine. Second of all, when is this going to stop? What if I were to find that somebody had written "NYC" on my barfbag. Does this clear reference to the terrorist attacks of September 11 warrant the evacuation of the plane? I'm sorry, I forgot: common sense is so pre-9/11.
The plane, carrying 118 passengers and five crew members, had already pulled away from the gate at Mitchell International Airport Sunday evening. It returned to the gate, the passengers got off, security authorities were notified, all luggage was checked and the aircraft was inspected. Nothing was found.
The passengers were put up in nearby hotels and booked on a Monday morning flight.
The writing was in Farsi, the language used in Iran, said airline spokeswoman Carol Skornicka. She said she didn't know exactly what the writing said but was similar to a prayer, "something of a contemplative nature."