Passengers Removed From Orlando-Bound Flight For Watching 9/11 Clips Before Takeoff

A father and his son were removed from an Air Canada flight in Toronto last Tuesday after another passenger saw the boy watching footage of the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks on his iPod, reports Canoe News. The airline says the pair were determined not to be a security risk, just people with a really bad sense of tact, and it cleared them for a following flight.

“Two pulled from plane over 9/11 video” [cnews.canoe.ca] (Thanks to GitEmSteveDave!)

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  1. RadarOReally has got the Post-Vacation Blues says:

    “Here we go, son. A relaxing video to watch before we get on the plane…”

    • Fair&Balanced says:

      I watched a 9/11 documentry on the history channel on directtv while I was flying on continental from seattle to houston.

      It showed the planes getting highjacked and crashing in the WTC.

  2. cardigan says:

    “Now Marge, ‘Dear Abby’ says seeing films about air travel can calm your fears. Ooh! Here are some upbeat titles: ‘Hero’, ‘Fearless’ … ‘Alive!'”

    • Dukie says:

      A well played Simpson’s reference, indeed. My wife is afraid of flying so that is used around my house quite often. 24.75 internets to you!

  3. dragonfire81 says:

    Next up: Boy kicked off plane for playing Super Mario Bros. because it has Bomb-ombs in it.

    • Nidoking says:

      And there’s that new “flight control” app that’s really popular. I guess that’s out, although it might be acceptable if you win every time.

  4. Link_Shinigami says:

    My dad and I used to sit mocking the safety instructions. On numerous occasions we forced them to turn up the sound system because we were speaking over the broadcast system. Our favorite was the “In case of water landing, put your head between your legs and kiss your ass goodbye unless you’re at a door”

    Never did we get kicked off a plane… Just really weird looks

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      Wow, that’s a douchey thing to do. If you think they’re stupid, that’s fine but shut up and let people who do care listen to the videos. Believe it or not, there are people who are afraid of flying but still have to fly, and there are people who are just plain nervous and the safety video would help give them some sense of security.

      • Marshmelly says:

        Its not like this guy is still doing this. Lighten up :)

        • Rectilinear Propagation says:

          Hey, if you don’t want people telling you that your behavior is shitty you shouldn’t tell them about your shitty behavior.

        • pecan 3.14159265 says:

          All those people in jail, it’s not like they’re still selling drugs. Obviously not a problem anymore, right? Lighten up! :)

          (smiley added for consistency).

          • Doubts42 says:

            The ones selling drugs weren’t a problem in the first lace. The folks who should be in jail are the ones that want to lock people up for simply supplying a demand, oh and douche-bags who make life even more difficult for service personnel like flight attendants.

          • katstermonster says:

            I love when you bring out the snark!

        • Link_Shinigami says:

          Exactly. We don’t do it anymore because we usually fly on different planes/solo now, so it all works out.

          Besides, if you’re nervous you should really stop being so. You’re more likely to die in a car accident than on a plane. What’s worse is, you usually have control over the car that leads to the accident. There’s nothing you can do on a plane (For the most) once you sit down and buckle up, so you might as well just go easy-mode and relax. Air Canada especially promotes this with free new release movies, just ignore the people being idiots and you’ll be fine.

          To those that thanked me for making them nervous, you’re welcome. I got your heart beating faster and helped you with some cardio exercise while you were stuck on those 3 hour flights of inactivity.

    • shamowfski says:

      Sounds like you and your dad are jackasses.

    • Bativac says:

      My dad and I used to wonder who the assholes were that thought they were so funny, talking over the people trying to do their jobs.

    • Bativac says:

      My dad and I used to wonder who the assholes were that thought they were so funny, talking over the people trying to do their jobs.

    • IR1 says:

      I lol’d. Me and my brothers would also follow along in the safety pamphlet, there was always a few animations that were good for a laugh.

    • WorkingDad says:

      And here I thought we’re all here to help make the world a BETTER place.
      Silly me.

    • pantheonoutcast says:

      That’s quite a coincidence because I was the guy behind you telling you and your dad to shut the fuck up.

      • diddy0071 says:

        like a little reunion. I was the guy in first class telling my seat neighbor how the poor and uneducated act in coach…

        • pantheonoutcast says:

          Wow, now that’s really funny – this woman who always invited me to her house when her husband was away on business trips told me about how he was a big pretentious blowhard and condescended to people who couldn’t afford to fly first class. I like the wallpaper in your bedroom, BTW.

          • Conformist138 says:

            So, father and son can bond over a shared enjoyment of black comedy (really, such a beautiful thing), and you would respond by cursing at them?

            I know people fear flying, but to cater to every person’s irrational fears is just silly. Flying is safer than just about any form of transportation; being scared of spiders makes more sense as you’re more likely to die from a spider bite (1 in 468,508) than die in a crash with a commercial airliner (1 in 10.5 million). It gets really stupid to consider getting pissed off at the good times of a boy and his father because you overhear them joking about getting bitten by a Black Widow.

            Jokes will not make the plane fall, next time just drug yourself with night-night pills.

          • smo0 says:

            … *popcorn*…

    • NarcolepticGirl says:

      yeah. My Dad is kinda like that. I’ve never been on a fligth with him, but if we were at the amusement park in line for a rollercoaster, he was say all kinds of shit to horrify the kids. Like, “I hope my head doesn’t get smashed like that kid’s earlier!”

      • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

        I would wear a mouth guard and take my partial out when going on rides so I didn’t ruin it, or worse, lose it, on rides. I was known to look at the Ex and say,” I hope that thing doesn’t happen again like last time. Luckily I was sitting over there(point across the car/raft), and I only lost these two teeth.”

    • tbax929 says:

      So we have your dad to thank for teaching you to be a jerk. Those of us who are nervous flyers would rather you kept your comments to yourself.

      • DoktorGoku says:

        Heh, your anxiety isn’t exactly their problem. :D

        Go to your PCP, get a Rx for Ativan. Seriously, it’s fairly common.

        • Verdant Pine Trees says:

          Yes, it is, if they have a panic attack or otherwise freak out, mandating a turnaround, passengers or FAs forced to calm or just restrain the person, or just a very stressful flight. It’s your problem if you’re travelling with a nervous flyer, sitting next to or around them, or just stuck in a tin can with them.

          I agree that this is jerky, thoughtless behavior.

  5. Angus99 says:

    Seriously, what the hell? Is the implication that the other passengers thought these individuals were terrorists or a danger to the flight? Wouldn’t those be more likely to be individuals that masked their intentions instead? Isn’t this pretty much “we don’t like what they’re thinking about?” I used to laugh about the idea of the Thought Police but goddamn if the airline experience isn’t leading the charge to get us there.

    • Hooray4Zoidberg says:

      Well people would also be complaining if the kid was watching porn on his iPod because it’s offensive to other. I think this falls into the same category. Remember we’re not just watching video a cool explosion, you’re watching a video of the murder of 3,000 people.

      • YOXIM says:

        Yeah but you wouldn’t be deemed a security risk and thrown off a plane for watching porn or a Rambo movie (those average around 3,000 murders per film). People need to get their shit together and stop making a fuss out of every little fucking thing. This culture of fear isn’t doing us any favors, and it’s only getting worse every day. It’s people like this that we have to thank for the pain in the ass security theater that we have to go through every time we want to fly anywhere. Ridiculous…

        • Hooray4Zoidberg says:

          These are not fake murders like a Rambo movie though, 3000 people really died in those videos. Now I’m fairly against fear mongering and police states myself and I really do hate all terrorism paranoia that we’re surrounded by. But I would seriously question the mental state of someone next to me watching video of real people dying whether we were on a plane or in the park. Even if the videos had nothing to do with planes or terrorism.

          Now my theory is he was probably watching “Loose Change” or something like that rather than really watching to see people die. But whether or not he was watching it out of morbib pleasure or for education purposes I can see where people might question being locked in a tin can with someone like that for a few hours. There are a lot of weirdos out there, remember that guy who beheaded the stranger next to him on the bus for no reason? I’ll bet he was doing some weird shit in his seat prior to that and nobody said anything because they didn’t want to make scene.

          • Pax says:

            So, how about watching a documentary about the Holocaust? Six MILLION murders, all of them very very real. Should THAT get you thrown off a flight?

          • The Marionette says:

            “These are not fake murders like a Rambo movie though, 3000 people really died in those videos”
            But Rambo would still fall into that category of “offensive” according to you.

            I’m all for precautions and what not, but there’s a limit to these kinds of things and it’s not just for airlines and terrorism. A prime example I can give is when I was in highschool, there was a network switch in one of the classrooms where if you had laptop (to do school work on during class) you could connect to the network if you needed to go online. A few of us were good with networking and because both the instructor and a few of the students didn’t know a thing about networking the student told instructor that another was “hacking” even though he was just using proxies/etc to get around the blocked websites (which most of the blocked ones were non-porn). The student grew suspicious (like the passenger on the airline) and told the instructor (airline itself) about it, the student was sent to the office under suspicion of “hacking”. (or in the airline’s case a terrorist attack). Point is because of the student’s ignorance another student almost got in trouble (he didn’t because the IT checked his browser history and saw he was just trying to do research on our topic in class).

            As I said I’m for precaution but for all we know the kid’s just watching a vid he found while some random guy that’s sitting somewhere else on the plan who looks innocent probably has something on him that he can use to actually perform a terrorist attack.

          • godlyfrog says:

            “I would seriously question the mental state of someone next to me watching video of real people dying whether we were on a plane or in the park”

            The 9/11 videos require a mental leap to realize that there are people dying. He wasn’t watching any blood and gore flicks, and even if he was, there’s no way of knowing why it was being watched.

            I personally would question the mental state of someone reporting such a thing over the mental state of the person actually doing the watching, since the person doing the watching could be doing it for a multitude of reasons, but someone who is concerned over such a video being watched is either highly conservative/fundamentalist (the type of terrorists we have to watch out for) or in a highly emotional state and should not be placed with other human beings until they calm down.

          • ktetch says:

            What about watching ‘world’s most edited cop chases and crashes’ then? Cos people are killed on the roads all the time. In fact there were more people killed on the roads in september 2001 than in all US-related terrorism attacks from 2000-2010.

            People need to get a F**king sense of proportion. Hell, it might even be different if there were attacks every week or two (like there was in the UK in the 90s) but there isn’t. You’ve got better odds of winning the Powerball than getting on an aircraft about to be (or intended to be) in a terrorist incident. That’s not because of the great terrorism prevention, thats because it just doesn’t happen very often.

    • oneandone says:

      “Isn’t this pretty much “we don’t like what they’re thinking about?”

      No, this is exactly the kind of thing that people suggest TSA do, instead of the ‘security theater’ we have now. Instead of inane little regulations about how much liquid and taking off your shoes, etc, this is real security: investigation into a specific incident of something observed to be not quite right, or alarming.

      If the other passengers had started beating the boy or father, or if the flight attendant had them handcuffed and arrested, that would have been going too far. Instead, there was a quick investigation into some unusual activity, and everything ended up fine. A few delays are worth the effort of checking something out.

      I know this happened in Canada, but it reminds me of a lot of the discussions re: TSA, where people say they want more educated & informed agents making decisions based on real threats. Guess what – this is what it looks like.

  6. Marshmelly says:

    I sometimes wonder about the type of passengers that report things like this. I’m admittedly not an overly-cautious person, but I can’t imagine feeling any threat from some kid watching 911 videos. Tactless, yes, but I wouldn’t automatically think of it as a security threat and that this kid was a suicide bomber of some sort. People need to chill, stop being paranoid, and use their heads once in awhile.

    • Verdant Pine Trees says:

      Good point. A couple of months ago, I reported someone who was playing with a martial arts weapon, in the middle of a food court, surrounded by kids. He wasn’t threatening anyone, but he could have easily slipped and hit someone in the head. A security guard walked over and politely asked him to put it away. Someone wants to call me a nervous nellie for that (i.e. the same people who upthread, argue that you should be able to drown out safety instructions or make morbid jokes, on a flight with nervous passengers) – OK so be it.

      But some of the reports we’ve heard recently, about people being booted off for asking innocuous questions, and now this – it sounds more like paranoia, not understandable anxiousness, and an overinterest in other people’s business. It makes me think of “Mad Men” and how the 1st season excuse for doubting the divorcee next door is because “she takes walks”.

  7. Murph1908 says:

    I sometimes wonder if things like this are lawsuit bait.

    1. Do something or wear something someone else will find offensive.
    2. Get kicked off the plane, or denied boarding.
    3. Sue.
    4. Profit.

    This one seems more like insensitivity, or oversensitivity depending on which side you are looking at.

    But the dude that wore the “We Will Not Be Silent” in Arabic shirt got 240k.

    • gover57 says:

      sorry – you can’t sue for this type of incident/profit in Canada. that’s only for Americans to take advantage of.

  8. Rectilinear Propagation says:

    So…watching the footage of the planes crashing makes you a terrorist?

    OK, it’s in bad taste but why did everyone get ‘concerned’?

  9. dolemite says:

    Why is that a bad sense of tact?

    I should avoid all news about the middle east, anything islamic, recent history, the war on terror, the headlines about the war in afghanistan and Iraq…what else is bad to study/look upon while traveling? I should probably avoid watching any Chuck Norris movies from the mid 80s.

    • ExtraCelestial says:

      I think you’re reaching. It’s tactless because it’s literally showing planes crashing right before boarding a plane. It’s already a nerve-wrecking experience for a lot of people, watching a video like that out in plain site of your neighbors is in bad taste whether the it’s a Harrison Ford movie or footage of a real life attack.

      • XTC46 says:

        Perhaps those people should mind their own business and not watch what is on my screen. Unless he had the volume way up (it was an iPod so the answer is he probabaly didnt)

        • Red Cat Linux says:

          This ^

          I mean, if I am watching Snakes on a Plane, Airplane, Airport 77 or that bizarro film with Jodie Foster trying to find the kid she boarded a flight with who everyone denies now exists (I forget the name) this does not mean that I plan on re-enacting any of those films.

          As for tact, unless the kid was not using headphones why should anyone care? Unless they overheard dear old dad ( a strange piece of work I guess for letting his little kid view images of plane crashes right before getting on one) telling his boy “now son, this is how our glorious death will appear to the western capitalist pig-dog media in 45 minutes…” I don’t get the need to boot them from the plane.

      • Pax says:

        I disagree.

        Do you really think the reactions of the passengers around that father and his boy would have been at all materially different if they’d just been watching, say, an Al Jazeera newscast?

        I don’t. I think they’d’ve been delayed more than just “until the next morning”.

        I’m also all too well aware how much this may have COST them. This was a flight to Orlando; it was a father and a “young boy” (specific age unknown, but I’d _guess_ at 11 to 13). How many people DON’T think Disney may have been in their plans?

        And for Disney, you make dinner reservations up to SIX MONTHS in advance, or, you don’t go to a sit-down restaurant. Period. And with some of them (Spirit of Aloha, Hoop-de-Doo Revue, Cinderella’s Royal Table), unless you cancel TWENTY FOUR HOUS in advance … your credit card is billed, in full, for the meal.

        … all over what some KID was watching on an iPod.

        • pantheonoutcast says:

          If your kid is watching footage of airplanes crashing into commercial skyscrapers killing thousands of people, *while on an airplane*, the last place you should be taking him is Disney World. Perhaps a nice, quiet, well-padded room.

          • Pax says:

            So … if your teenaged son asks you “dad, why did we have to do all that stupid security stuff just to get on an airplane, anyway?”, and you say “Go google ‘WTC’ and ‘September 11′, son, and you’ll understand” …

            … that means the kid is mentally ill, and should be LOCKED UP …?? O_O

  10. bhr says:

    Canoe News? I’m sorry, but is the canoe making industry big enough to have their own trade publication no? Or is it more focused on recreational canoeist? If so it seems oddly specific to ignore rafters, tubers and kayakers. And why are they covering an airline? Is Air Canada the preferred airline of canoeist?

    This story perplexes me.

    • thrillhouse says:

      Your sense of humour perplexes me.

    • Trance says:

      Click the link. It is not a canoe trade publication. Canoe is a Canadian new site I think.

    • Verdant Pine Trees says:

      See, if you were Canadian, you’d understand the centrality of canoes to the lives of our Tory cousins.

      “A true Canadian is one who can make love in a canoe without tipping.”

      - Pierre Berton

      A quote that makes the rounds constantly up north, along with those about sleeping next to an elephant and the Americans who slapped skis on their car for summer vacation.

  11. pjorg says:

    Let’s all admit it: There is a whole laundry list of things you are simply not allowed to do on an airplane. Not because it’s illegal, just because people will find it inappropriate and make a fuss over it.

    Unfortunately, this list grows in length and ridiculousness every single day.

  12. skakh says:

    Just an example of the Fear Society brought to us by the powers that be! Remember it is much easier to control people if they are fearful! I used to think Canada was a country with a bit more common sense than the US. Hmmmm, perhaps not.

    • dolemite says:

      What’s funny is the person that complained probably thought they were being “patriotic” or “proactive” or something. Instead, they gave the terrorists a major victory.

  13. pantheonoutcast says:

    I’m more concerned that someone has footage from 9/11 downloaded to their iPod for convenient repeat viewings. Does he have the Helter Skelter audio-book on there as well?

    • NarcolepticGirl says:

      I have no idea, but I was assuming he was watching a youtube video of it or something.

    • NarcolepticGirl says:

      Oh. I thought it said iPhone. I have no idea how any of the iCrap works, so maybe he did save it on his ipod.

  14. NarcolepticGirl says:

    First of all, I don’t really look at what people are reading/watching.
    But, if for some reason, I saw a boy watching some plane crashes on his ipod
    (article says the police can’t confirm it was even 9/11 footage), I wouldn’t really care. Young boys are excited about plane crashes and planes themselves. Perhaps the boy was asking questions about the attacks and he decided to look it up and see since he was probably too young to see all the news footage when it happened.

    Also, if I were an employee and someone was crying over seeing a boy watch plane crash videos on his personal device – I would probably tell the lady that the kid can watch whatever he wants – or – and if there was more than just one complaint, I probably would tell the father that the video is making people uncomfortable and ask if they could watch something else.

  15. Jacquilynne says:

    I don’t think I’d be afraid the person next to me was a “real” terrorist if they were watching 9/11 videos during boarding. But I’d think they must be incredibly, incredibly stupid to do so, and then I’d start to wonder just exactly what other stupid things they might have planned. You don’t have to be Al Queda to do stupid shit on airplanes, after all.

    Not that I’m advocating sending people to prison for watching 9/11 videos on an airplane, but taking them off the flight for a little more security screening seems like a relatively reasonable reaction.

    • Martha Chang says:

      OH MAN DID YOU SEE THAT?

      HE WATCHED A VIDEO OF A TERRORIST ATTACK

      ON A PLANE

      DAMN THAT KID’S SO DUMB

      …wait, what? He’s watching a damn video. As long as it’s not illegal I don’t see the problem. People are just alarmists (or at the very least, people like you who think it’s stupid to watch a video on a plane).

      • Jacquilynne says:

        I realize it’s kind of a catch-22 if you don’t think people should be nervous about it in the first place, but if someone deliberately chooses material that is likely to make other passengers and crew nervous, then I don’t think it’s alarmist to wonder why they would make that choice, and whether it signifies anything other than ‘is too dumb to realize this would make people nervous’.

        In the case of plane crash footage, even absent security concerns specific to 9/11 footage, I think it’s also beyond thoughtless and rude to expose the people around you to that. There are a lot of nervous flyers out there, after all. That adds to my feeling that the airlines might want to get a better sense of the person’s motivations before locking them in a tin can for 3 hours with 200 other people and then launching the tin can thousands of feet into the air.

        Again, not that I think it is or should be illegal, or that people should be punished for being totally insensitive to the people around them, but a couple extra questions about ‘what the hell were you thinking?’ don’t seem out of line.

        • zt says:

          “if someone deliberately chooses material that is likely to make other passengers and crew nervous”

          We have no idea what this kid’s motivations were, but there are many reasons he might be watching something like that without deliberately trying to make others nervous. Perhaps this plane flight sparked a conversation about the 9/11 attacks, something probably in the realm of ancient history for a lot of kids. It could have been a valuable learning experience; I would be happy if I had a kid who showed some interest in important recent events. Kid starts looking it up on the internet, no surprise that he ends up with a video of the crash, and he may not know that it may not be the most appropriate place to watch it. It also isn’t too much of a surprise that he wouldn’t have thought about the opinions of the people eavesdropping on him (kids typically being more self-centered even than the rest of the population).

        • Pax says:

          If they’re paying enough attention to what the boy is watching on a THREE INCH SCREEN, then, they’re paying too much damned attention to what is not their business in any way, shape, or form.

    • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

      I agree with you. It does make other people nervous. And there is the threat. The thing is that it’s not the person who is a danger then. It’s everyone else. I seem to recall a flight where someone had a mental illness, and started talking about getting into the cockpit and trying to move towards it, and he either was severely injured or killed as passengers tried to restrain him. In cases like that, it’s the rest of the passengers, who are nervous already, go into a severe fight reflex, as flight is impossible in a can in the sky.So taking these two people with bad judgement off the flight makes sense. The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.

      • ktetch says:

        It seems more like the people with the bad judgement were allowed to continue on, and the boy and his parent were taken off instead.

    • dolemite says:

      I agree about the stupidity of someone watching things on a plane. If I saw someone watching the movie “Airplane” while I was on an airplane, and we just happened to have fish on the menu for dinner on that flight…oh boy, I’d wager that guy watching the video is such an idiot, he will probably splash his coke on his face then say “I have a drinking problem.”

      • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

        Would you believe I never got that joke for over a decade, despite owning Airplane! on VHS, and watching it over and over in college, almost to the point of saying it with the actors? Then, one day while watching Airplane! 2 with my Mom, the joke finally clicked.

  16. NarcolepticGirl says:

    Also, I wonder how old the kid was. If he was like, 15, there’s a good chance he was doing it just to be a wise-ass.

  17. Happy Tinfoil Cat says:

    They may have saved all the lives on that plane by delaying it long enough to find the serious mechanical issues. I wonder if they ended up on the same flight as the rest, in the end.

    • NarcolepticGirl says:

      We could make this into a movie or television episode. Where the boy has a vision or voice force him to watch the videos but he doesn’t know why.

      • Beef Supreme says:

        Like Quantum Leap…but without the time travel or Scott Bakula…OK not like Quantum Leap at all.

  18. Narmical says:

    Sigh. We live in a police state. When did it become american to snitch on someone for free speech?

  19. Jason says:

    When I used to fly a lot, I’d comment out loud that the wing flaps were in a different position than when we took off the last time. Always got some new flyers a bit nervous.

  20. ATXag says:

    The Toadies have a song called Plane Crash. On a recent trip, I had my iPod on random and that song came on. I didn’t even think twice about it while it was playing. I guess I was engrossed in something else, but my husband leaned over and saw the display on my iPod and pointed at it and made some mention of me listening to a song called Plane Crash at 30,000 ft.

    • dolemite says:

      I’m betting his comment was more like “heh, how ironic” instead of “Stewardess! EMERGENCY!” :)

  21. Bumpus says:

    Something stinks about this story. Who, in there right mind, would watch those videos right before boarding a plane. One circumstance comes to mind immediately…and it isn’t for “entertainment” reasons.

    I’m also suspicious on the lack of any info on the father/son…beyond “father and son.”

    • zt says:

      And why would it be unusual for a kid who probably doesn’t remember the 9/11 attacks to have his interest piqued by a trip to the airport, with its ever-present reminders of heightened security? Having been interested, why would it be unusual for him to search the internet and come across the video? Maybe it was inappropriate to be watching it on the plane, but kids often don’t think about such things. I think it was more inappropriate for the other passengers to be looking over everyone’s shoulders to see what was playing on their computers.

  22. richcreamerybutter says:

    For the record, I don’t think they should have been kicked off the plane. However, the dad should have put an end to this around other passengers. I saw that incident live from my bedroom window, and it wouldn’t be unheard of for me to have a panic attack if accidentally subjected to the footage immediately before a flight.

    • Pax says:

      … footage displayed on a mere three-and-a-half-inch screen. A screen so small you couldn’t have made out significant detail, unless you were close enough to the boy that onlookers might have wondered if you were his girlfriend.

  23. kataisa says:

    This is the new age of insufferableness. Some miserable people like to act obnoxious and insensitive on purpose so that they can sue for money and ruin other people’s day. They think they’re clever and counter-culture cool, not the tools that they really are.

    • AlphaLackey says:

      Of course, this counter-culture attitude only gets anywhere when the main culture is a hyper-sensitive, thin-skinned abomination that has corrupted a notion as simple as “respect for your fellow man” into “entitlement to be unilaterally offended irrespective of the reality of the situation”.

  24. JustLurking says:

    If any of you have a sense of humor left, you have to check this out.

    Guaranteed laughs.

    http://www.airtoons.com/

    But only for those with an actual sense of humor that trumps their sense of entitlement.

    (Fright, er, flight attendants need not apply. They are probably too busy getting some five year old kicked off for watching Thomas the train, where a disaster occurs on every episode. Just picture Alec Baldwin’s or Ringo Starr’s voice: “Then there was trouble.”)

  25. MustardTiger says:

    Okay, when you’re sitting in an airport and hear every 5 minutes “Security threat is level orange, any unclaimed baggage should be immediately reported blah blah blah” And then watch an elderly woman lifted from her wheelchair to go into a body scanner (as I have seen)… some people may ask themselves “why the fuck are things this way again?” *clicky click* “oh yeah… right.. that..”

  26. Gorbachev says:

    The terrorists have won.

  27. Verdant Pine Trees says:

    Someone mentioned “Loose Change” as a movie the kid might have been watching (I hope not). Did no one consider he might have been doing homework?

  28. isileth says:

    I’ve heard years ago a song about a girl who died in a car crash on the highway.
    I don’t travel on highways a lot, but when I do this song always springs to my mind as soon as I reach one of them.
    So what?
    Should I go to the shrink and get a cure for this, or just forget it and drive on?
    I think there are worst things to do on a plane done by the flight companies, such as showing a documentary on poisonus medusas during lunch, or a documentary called something like “the symphony of nature” showing animals with a supposed musical background we couldn’t hear because of the noise of the plane.
    Get a chill pill or we are going to let terror change our lives more than it already did.