If We Do Math on Planes, the Terrorists Win

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.

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Domenico Bettinelli

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