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What Not To Do on a Flight

How is this for unfortunate?

A Japanese man flying to Ohio was arrested after he was seen writing down the words “suicide bomb,” but he was released without charge after explaining that it was an impromptu English exercise.

The 60-year-old man told investigators he came across the words in a newspaper and wanted to look up their meaning, police spokeswoman Alice Casanova said.

“He teaches himself English by reading newspapers,” she said. “It was all just a miscommunication.”

The man was aboard United Airlines flight 1184 en route to Dayton, Ohio, on a business trip Sunday when a fellow passenger spotted the words and alerted an attendant, Casanova said.

The flight returned to O’Hare International Airport, where the man was taken into custody and all of the other 120 passengers were taken off the plane and rescreened.

Investigators also searched the plane. “Nothing panned out and he was released,” Casanova said.

And the lesson to be learned from all of this?

Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman Andrea McCauley said travelers need to be mindful of how they behave on airplanes because potential security threats are treated very seriously.

“We caution people not to write about bombs because if they’re going on vacation, their travel plans will be disrupted,” she said.

More helpful advice includes:

  • Don’t travel if your name is Bob and you are prone to air sickness. Or at least don’t write your name on the sick bag.
  • Don’t proffer your opinion on who is the most attractive person on your flight.
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    David Lange

    A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
    Picture of David Lange

    David Lange

    A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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