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Wed Jan 23, 2013, 11:26 AM

13. The curious case of Shoshana Hebshi (17 Sep 12)

Sep 17th 2011, 21:40 by N.B. | WASHINGTON, D.C.

... the captain came on the loudspeaker and told Ms Hebshi and her fellow passengers that their plane was being moved to a different part of the airport. Soon police cars and "what looked like the bomb squad" were surrounding the plane. "I started to get nervous and rethink my decision to fly on 9/11," Ms Hebshi wrote later. She decided to tweet about her experience: "If the plane was going to blow up, at least there'd be some record on my part." After 30 minutes, heavily armed police stormed aboard and detained Ms Hebshi and the men sitting to her left and right. They told her she couldn't bring her phone. ("What a cliffhanger for my Twitter followers!" she wrote.) ...

I always wonder about what the people responsible for these sorts of false alarms think afterwards. The Associated Press says Ms Hebshi's detention was prompted by the airplane crew reporting that Ms Hebshi's row-mates were spending "an extraordinarily long time" in the bathroom. So in case you're wondering what post-9/11 security paranoia has done to us, it's this: apparently some of us keep track of how much time strangers spend in the bathroom ...

http://www.economist.com/blogs/gulliver/2011/09/suspicious-passengers

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