Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Air travel bites

Air traveler bites fellow passenger
Jumps from aircraft as it taxis, but is subdued with stun gun
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Updated: 12:25 a.m. ET Jan. 24, 2006
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - An airline passenger bit a fellow traveler Monday, then jumped out of a jetliner as it was moving to take off, authorities said.
This article is pretty disturbing for several reasons, aside from the biting (the dude should have been over that after age 2) the fact he was on the plane in the first place is the most disturbing element of this Man Bites Plane kind of article.  Turns out he had an outstanding warrant for possession of Marijuana.  Can anyone tell me, with all the Homeland security crap we have today that someone with an outstanding warrant can board a plane in the first place.  Where is the cooperation between law enforcement agencies Chartoff is always yakking about and doesn’t he look like a cadaver?  Maybe he is a Homeland Security Zombie?  It’d be interesting to see how many passengers are flying felons.  

I sensed problems with he whole approach to airplane security when I was boarding a plane in Sacramento.  The first official I come to, the ID checker, is an Arab.  Talk about setting the fox to watch the chickens!  What is keeping him from letting Ahmed Falaffle long time friend and saboteur go on through the checkpoint?   I know this is not PC and call me a racist if you will, but if you come from an Arabic country I think you deserve closer scrutiny than some grandma from St. Louis does.  And if a wanted criminal does try to fly the security folks should be slapping the cuffs on instead of taking his boarding pass no matter what nationality.  We have homegrown nut-jobs the security people need to watch for, though there’s more press when you wrestle Cat Stevens to the ground.    

This all comes as Bin Loadinhispants makes another threat on the US.  Think I’ll lay off flying and the subways for a while…