Qatari diplomat was stupid and arrogant to light up mid-flight
Maybe he was arrogant. Perhaps he was just stupid. But air marshals were right Wednesday to take a Qatari man into custody while traveling on a United Airlines flight from Reagan National to Denver.
Details about the incident are still streaming in, but the passenger, diplomat Mohammed al-Madadi, had apparently been smoking in the bathroom of the airliner -- an act that, as frequent travelers (and smokers) well know and flight attendants and lavatory signs clearly announce, is prohibited by federal law. No explosives were found on Madadi, who invoked diplomatic immunity. But air marshals had no way of knowing whether Madadi was simply soothing a nicotine craving or trying to set off explosives a la “shoe bomber” Richard Reid or “underwear bomber” Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. Some reports say Madadi may have mouthed off to marshals by joking that he was trying to “light a bomb in my shoe.” If true, check the box for stupid AND arrogant.
Weren’t we at one point prohibited from bringing lighters or matches on board aircraft? Maybe we need a return to this policy to avert future incidences like this -- or at least keep inconsiderate people who can’t seem to control their urges from scaring the hell out of everyone else.
| April 8, 2010; 12:37 PM ET
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