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New York left-wing blonde bimbo thinks Penn prof from Italy isterrorist, flight is delayed

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Old May 8th, 2016, 08:17 PM posted to rec.travel.air, soc.women, alt.politics.economics, ny.politics,sac.politics
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Default New York left-wing blonde bimbo thinks Penn prof from Italy isterrorist, flight is delayed

An olive-complexioned, curly-haired University of Pennsylvania
economics professor was deeply focused while scribbling an
algebraic equation Thursday night, waiting aboard an American
Airlines flight scheduled to take off from Philadelphia to
Syracuse, N.Y.

He didn't have time to talk to the passenger next to him - a
blond-haired woman wearing flip-flops who appeared to be in her

His behavior, his looks, and the little that he said to his
seatmate apparently frightened her. She passed a note to a
flight attendant.

The next thing that Guido Menzio, 40, knew, the plane had
returned to a gate at Philadelphia International Airport. Menzio
- who is Italian - was met by what he described as an "FBI
looking man-in-black."

He was told the passenger thought he was a terrorist.

Menzio, who did not return an email seeking comment Saturday,
wrote about his experience in a social media post, and his story
was chronicled in a Washington Post article.

After authorities realized the woman's concerns about Menzio
were not credible, Flight 3950 took off - minus the complaining
passenger and after a more-than-two-hour delay.

Menzio, a prominent economist, has been a member of Penn's
faculty since 2005, after getting his Ph.D. from Northwestern

Last year, he won the Carlo Alberto Medal for Best Italian
Economist Under 40.

In a Facebook post that was later deleted, Menzio wrote that the
woman had passed the note to a flight attendant, and that when
the attendant returned, she asked the woman if she was
comfortable taking off or was "too sick."

Menzio noted that the plane then returned to the gate and the
woman left her seat.

He was then asked by the pilot to get off the plane, and when he
did, he wrote that he was met by someone who looked like an FBI

After first being asked about the woman who had been sitting
next to him, Menzio said, he was then told that the woman
"thought I was a terrorist because I was writing strange things
on a pad of paper. I laugh. I bring them back to the plane. I
showed them my math."

He told the Post in an article published Saturday that he is 40,
that he was wearing jeans and a red Lacoste sweater, and that
the woman had tried to make small talk with him, but he was too
busy with his math notations.

Menzio, who lives in Philadelphia, was on his way to Syracuse
for a connecting flight to Ontario to give a talk Friday at
Queen's University in Kingston at its 2016 QED Frontiers of
Macroeconomics Workshop. His 11 a.m. talk was entitled "The (Q,
S, s) Pricing Rule."

Apparently, his math is pretty high-level and technical.

In his own social media post, Menzio wrote: "The lady just
looked at me, looked at my writing of mysterious formulae, and
concluded I was up to no good. Because of that an entire flight
was delayed. . . . Trump's America is already here. It's not yet
in power though. Personally, I will fight back."

The woman could not be reached. Menzio told the Post he did not
know her name. The airline said it does not give out passenger
information for privacy reasons.

Menzio told the Post he was "treated respectfully throughout,"
but was troubled by "a security protocol that is too rigid - in
the sense that once the whistle is blown everything stops
without checks - and relies on the input of people who may be
completely clueless."

Menzio's Facebook page says he is from Turin, Italy.

Casey Norton, an American Airlines spokesman, confirmed Saturday
that Flight 3950, an American Eagle flight operated by Air
Wisconsin, was delayed for more than two hours Thursday night.
It was scheduled to depart at 7:20 p.m.

"Taxiing out on takeoff, a customer reported she was not feeling
well," Norton said. The woman asked a flight attendant for the
plane to return to the gate so she could get off, he said.

He said the plane returned to the gate about 8:30 p.m. and
stayed there for about an hour.

As the woman was getting off the plane, she then "reported
concern about another customer's behavior," Norton said.

Norton would not say what the concern was about the other
passenger. He would only confirm that the other passenger was a
man and that he had been sitting near the woman.

He said American's customer-service manager, the Air Wisconsin
captain, and ground security all determined the passenger's
"concerns were not validated," and so the flight left the gate
at 9:42 p.m.

He said the woman was rebooked on another flight to Syracuse
that night.

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