Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Math Prof Thought to be Terrorists b/c of Math

By Micah Halpern
I've Been Thinking:

Imagine you were doing a complicated differential equation while sitting on a plane. You scribble away and your seat mate thinks you are plotting in Arabic and planning a terror attack.

Well, that is exactly what happened on an American Airlines flight flying from Philadelphia to Syracuse.

The person doing the math was a world renowned math professor from the University of Pennsylvania who on his way to give a lecture on math. His name is Guido Menzio and he is originally from Italy. Was he surprised.

The humor cannot be lost. The person who reported the "math attack" asked to get off the plane claiming that she was ill. But once she deplaned, she said the real reason was her seatmate's scribbles.

What is shocking is that this entire non-incident could not be dealt with quickly and dismissed. Instead, the flight was delayed two hours.

This is a no brainer. Actually, all you need to do is use your brain and you would know that this was not a terror threat.


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