Thursday, May 16, 2013

Attending to the Obvious

A few years after the 9/11 attacks, I did some training for a water department for a county. I drove right into the large water treatment facility without seeing a single person, got lost, and wandered around past various unattended treatment areas until locating the offices where the training was held. It didn't take much imagination to think of what someone with ill intent could have done.

I thought of that when this story surfaced.

The story reminded me of another incident which, at the time, probably got more coverage in Phoenix than elsewhere. An excerpt from a 1999 article in The Baltimore Sun  that is fascinating reading today:

Just last week, an America West flight from Columbus, Ohio, to Phoenix was evacuated on a runway while two Saudi Arabian doctoral students were handcuffed and questioned for about three hours. The men were accused of jiggling the cockpit door and asking questions the flight attendant found suspicious. The students denied the allegations and were not charged, and the airline later apologized.

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