Do you trust this economics professor?
Apparently the slightly disheveled, mop-topped and bespectacled countenance of a University of Pennsylvania professor was just too much for a fellow passenger aboard a flight leaving Philadelphia last week, because she wound up reporting him for potential terrorist activities.
Guido Menzio, an economics professor at UPenn since 2005, wrote on Facebook that after his flight to Syracuse was returned from the runway to the loading gate, he was taken to be questioned by what he described as an "FBI looking man-in-black" over the mathematics equations he was scribbling in a notebook.
"They ask me about my neighbor," Menzio wrote, referring to the woman beside him. "I tell them I noticed nothing strange. They tell me she thought I was a terrorist because I was writing strange things on a pad of paper. I laugh. I bring them back to the plane. I showed them my math."
Flight from Philly to Syracuse goes out on the tarmac, ready to take off. The passenger sitting next to me calls the stewardess, passes her a note. The stewardess comes back asks her if she is comfortable taking off, or she is too sick. We wait more. We go back to the gate. The passenger exits. We wait more. The pilot comes to me and asks me out of the plane. There I am met by some FBI looking man-in-black. They ask me about my neighbor. I tell them I noticed nothing strange. They tell me she thought I was a terrorist because I was writing strange things on a pad of paper. I laugh. I bring them back to the plane. I showed them my math.
It’s a bit funny. It’s a bit worrisome. The lady just looked at me, looked at my writing of mysterious formulae, and concluded I was up to no good. Because of that an entire flight was delayed by 1.5 hours.
Trump’s America is already here. It’s not yet in power though. Personally, I will fight back.