Thursday, April 8, 2010

Nicorette, Dude

Under the heading of "stupid people doing really stupid things" the latest winner is Mohammed al-Madadi, the third secretary at the Embassy of Qatar, who apparently trying to sneak a smoke on a plane and then joked about lighting his shoe on fire. Needless to say, this didn't go over well with the flight crew.
Here's a modern reality: If you are an Arabic looking man named "Mohammed" you cannot get away with joking about terrorism, even if you have diplomatic immunity. America has a certain level of paranoia about certain stereotypes. It's unfair, but it means that if you do something that foolish you will be arrested.
Smoking has been banned on airlines for many years. I admit that I'm a smoker, and it's another reason why I dislike flying. But that's what 'nicorette' is for; just chew some gum, and tough it out.
And if you're going to behave that stupidly, you probably aren't qualified to be a "diplomat".

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