Thursday, August 26, 2010


Two men were taken off a plane in Chicago and charged with suspected terrorism...the reason being that one of them was carrying seven thousand dollars and a cell phone taped to a Pepto-Bismol bottle.

The seven thousand dollars is easily understandable. I mean, have you flown recently? By the time you get charged for your overweight luggage (anything over 10 ounces), the use of an overhead bin, food, water, the carryon you have under your seat, use of the toilet, and, quite possibly, the color of your shoes...well, you actually do need that seven thousand bucks just to get where you're going.

Now the cell phone taped to the Pepto-Bismol bottle is a bit more problematic. One could give the gent the benefit of the doubt. Perhaps he has terrible diarrhea (look! I can spell diarrhea!) and feels that he needs his cell phone right there so he can call his doctor while he swigs.

Mainly, I think we're dealing with idiots. I will certainly concede the point that perhaps someone deeply clever would adopt this pose to lull one's suspicions, but really...a cell phone taped to a bottle of Pepto-Bismol? Right there on board with him? I think the terrorists are running out of recruits. They must be getting a little suspicious about that 72 virgins bit, and the recruiters are really scraping the bottom of the barrel now.

However, far be it from me to complain about safety on planes. The food I'll complain about (or the lack/price thereof), but safety, never.

Love, Wendy

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