If We Do Math on Planes, the Terrorists Win

A young woman who apparently never took higher math raised an alert with a flight crew when the native Italian man sitting next to her started doing differential equations. He wasn’t a terrorist preparing to… what exactly? I don’t know, but he’s actually an Ivy League economist who was preparing for a presentation he was scheduled to give.

I don’t know which is scarier: that the woman didn’t recognize math or that the authorities thought that someone writing on a notepad offered enough of a threat to hold a flight.

Domenico Bettinelli, Jr., is a father of five and husband, a Roman Catholic, born in Boston, educated at Franciscan University of Steubenville, who has worked in Catholic media--print, broadcast, and online--since the mid-90s. Find out all about Dom on his About Me page. He is also the CEO of the StarQuest Production Network at sqpn.com. All opinions on this site are solely those of Domenico Bettinelli and do not reflect the opinions of anyone else. See the disclaimer for further details.