Friday, January 07, 2011

The Problem Isn't Bagels

This one, linked from Drudge, is deceptive:

A Florida professor was arrested and removed from a plane Monday after his fellow passengers alerted crew members they thought he had a suspicious package in the overhead compartment.

That "suspicious package" turned out to be keys, a bagel with cream cheese and a hat.

Ognjen Milatovic, 35, was flying from Boston to Washington D.C. on US Airways when he was escorted off the plane for disorderly conduct following the incident.

Oh those silly TSA's, those fraidy-cat passengers, that stupid airline! It was just a bagel. Or actually, a bagel, plus one other thing:

When confronted by the US Airways crew about his "suspicious package," Milatovic got on his cell phone. The crew asked him to hang it up and sit down. When he refused, he was cuffed.

Milatovic was also charged with interfering with the operation of an aircraft.

That's right, a bagel, but with a side order of Iknowmyrights. Maybe it was a bad day for the bagel activist. Maybe he was already a little testy. But the flight would have continued as planned if he had just laughed, "Oh that? It's just a bagel. Here, I'll show you."

Instead, he gets a lesson in frog marching. But it wasn't for the bagel; it was for the d-baggery.