Dark-skinned man interrogated for doing math on plane
He’s an Ivy League economist whose seatmate complained to the flight crew about him, so they escorted him off the plane for interrogation. The seatmate was worried because this foreign-looking man was writing in a language she didn’t understand.
That Something she’d seen had been her seatmate’s cryptic notes, scrawled in a script she didn’t recognize. Maybe it was code, or some foreign lettering, possibly the details of a plot to destroy the dozens of innocent lives aboard American Airlines Flight 3950. She may have felt it her duty to alert the authorities just to be safe. The curly-haired man was, the agent informed him politely, suspected of terrorism.
The curly-haired man laughed.
He laughed because those scribbles weren’t Arabic, or another foreign language, or even some special secret terrorist code. They were math.