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Florida Professor Arrested for Having a "Suspicious" Bagel on a Plane
NBC Miami ^ | Mon, Jan 3, 2011 | TODD WRIGHT

Posted on 01/03/2011 8:52:29 PM PST by nickcarraway

Passengers claimed man had suspicious package in the overhead compartment

A Florida professor was arrested and removed from a plane Monday after his fellow passengers alerted crew members they thought he had a suspicious package in the overhead compartment.

That "suspicious package" turned out to be keys, a bagel with cream cheese and a hat.

Ognjen Milatovic, 35, was flying from Boston to Washington D.C. on US Airways when he was escorted off the plane for disorderly conduct following the incident. Monday's incident is another example of other passengers essentially becoming the authority on terrorist activity on planes.

Recently, passenger complaints have resulted authorities taking action against innocent passengers who went to the bathroom too often on a flight and who were just being annoying. In the hyper-sensitive world of flying, sneezing too often could get you kicked off a flight and questioned by the FBI. Milatovic, who is a mathematics and statistics professor at the University of North Florida, was minding his business when other passengers turned into super sleuths. Passengers reported hearing strange noises coming from a plastic bag. State police said later that the bag contained a set of keys,

a bagel with cream cheese, some other small food items, a hat and a wallet.

When confronted by the US Airways crew about his "suspicious package," Milatovic got on his cell phone. The crew asked him to hang it up and sit down. When he refused, he was cuffed.

Milatovic was also charged with interfering with the operation of an aircraft.


TOPICS: Food; Travel; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: bagel; nosh; terror
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1 posted on 01/03/2011 8:52:35 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway; a fool in paradise; JoeProBono

2 posted on 01/03/2011 8:56:08 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Salamander

Bagels on a Plane


3 posted on 01/03/2011 8:58:15 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

4 posted on 01/03/2011 8:59:51 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: nickcarraway

Union professor scum. Stealing jobs from Americans probably too.


5 posted on 01/03/2011 9:00:36 PM PST by Frantzie (Slaves do not have freedom only the illusion of freedom & their cable TV to drool at)
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To: Revolting cat!

6 posted on 01/03/2011 9:01:23 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: nickcarraway
We all know how dangerous Bagels can be!!! I can't believe that some guy actually had the nerve to take one of those things on a plane! Someone could have gotten hurt!

Fear the bagels!

7 posted on 01/03/2011 9:02:21 PM PST by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Want to make $$$? It's easy! Use FR to pimp your blog!!!)
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To: JoeProBono

UGLY! Now I have to get that image out of my head. Anybody have brain bleach?


8 posted on 01/03/2011 9:04:43 PM PST by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Want to make $$$? It's easy! Use FR to pimp your blog!!!)
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To: Revolting cat!

Wow - a USBagel.


9 posted on 01/03/2011 9:04:52 PM PST by meyer (Obama - the Schwartz is with him.)
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To: JoeProBono

10 posted on 01/03/2011 9:05:48 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: nickcarraway
TSA's controlled destruction of the dangerous materials.


11 posted on 01/03/2011 9:07:28 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: JoeProBono
Bagelheads

You sir, are a god among posters.

12 posted on 01/03/2011 9:08:06 PM PST by Alex Murphy ("Posting news feeds, making eyes bleed, he's hated on seven continents")
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To: nickcarraway
The Bagle Caper

Yuk, yuk

Leni

13 posted on 01/03/2011 9:10:45 PM PST by MinuteGal
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To: nickcarraway

[heavy sigh]

There’s so much missing from this story. He wasn’t thrown off the plane for having a bagel in a bag. He was thrown off the plane for whatever he did when they asked him about it. Looks like he got belligerent and got thrown off for being an @sshat. Good.

If we could just get rid of the @sshat passengers on planes, flying would be a lot more fun. I’ve actually got few complaints against the airline staff on any flight... and I’ve flown a lot over the last twenty or so years. But if I have one routine complaint it’s about the annoyances that come from fellow passengers.

Some people should just take the damned train. So you don’t like flying. Simple: Don’t. Just quit flying and leave the rest of us alone. Quit inflicting your phobias on everybody else.


14 posted on 01/03/2011 9:11:16 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: nickcarraway
This looks like a job for the Bagel Security Administration:


15 posted on 01/03/2011 9:16:00 PM PST by DeFault User
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To: nickcarraway

TSA and the airline business doing what they do best. Acting stupid. Well done, TSA! You’ve protected us against a bagel.


16 posted on 01/03/2011 9:16:47 PM PST by neutrino (Globalization is the economic treason that dare not speak its name.(173))
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To: neutrino

17 posted on 01/03/2011 9:18:25 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: nickcarraway

Oy vey, [expletive deleted]!....LOL


18 posted on 01/03/2011 9:22:11 PM PST by Salamander (A man will walk right into Hell with his eyes wide open but even the Devil can't fool a dog.)
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To: JoeProBono

WTH?!?


19 posted on 01/03/2011 9:23:11 PM PST by Salamander (A man will walk right into Hell with his eyes wide open but even the Devil can't fool a dog.)
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To: Ramius

>>Quit inflicting your phobias on everybody else.>>

Sounds to me as if it’s OTHER passengers who are “inflicting” their phobias on innocent victims. Americans really need to get a grip, or they will relinquish all their civil rights for an illusion of security.


20 posted on 01/03/2011 9:27:11 PM PST by MayfairFly ("Your total ignorance of that which you profess to teach merits the death penalty.")
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To: Revolting cat!; JoeProBono
The TSA's next weapon in the "War on Terror"....Bagel-sniffing Beagles


21 posted on 01/03/2011 9:27:54 PM PST by Salamander (A man will walk right into Hell with his eyes wide open but even the Devil can't fool a dog.)
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To: Ramius
There’s so much missing from this story. He wasn’t thrown off the plane for having a bagel in a bag. He was thrown off the plane for whatever he did when they asked him about it. Looks like he got belligerent and got thrown off for being an @sshat. Good.

I agree, but the one thing missing is why the passenger thought he needed to make a phone call. For all we know, he was trying to call his lawyer for advice.

I don't think that excuses him, but it was a strange reaction. I suspect that there was plenty of @sshattery going on from all three sides: the passenger, the flight crew, and all the other passengers.

22 posted on 01/03/2011 9:31:18 PM PST by justlurking (The only remedy for a bad guy with a gun is a good WOMAN (Sgt. Kimberly Munley) with a gun)
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To: MayfairFly

Yes, that’s exactly the thing. Of all the possible annoyances with flying... none are so great as what those other @hole passengers do. I’ve never found flight attendants, or ticket agents, or anybody else associated with the airline to be anything other than polite and helpful. But it’s the other passengers I wish I could flush out an open door from time to time...


23 posted on 01/03/2011 9:35:18 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: nickcarraway
If the Professor were Black, Obama would come out and say that the Flight Crew acted stupidly.
24 posted on 01/03/2011 9:35:39 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (Happy New Year!)
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To: nickcarraway

This is the obvious reason they call it a Luggage Rack rather than a Bagel Rack.


25 posted on 01/03/2011 9:38:04 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (Happy New Year!)
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To: justlurking

A phonecall??? Sorry... he needed to get his sorry @ss off the plane and leave the rest of the passengers alone to go on about their way.

A phonecall is not a right. Hell, it only became ~possible~ a few years ago. That doesn’t make it more important than the rest of the flight.


26 posted on 01/03/2011 9:41:39 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: justlurking

God forbid he call an attorney while being thrown off a plane for having a bagel in a bag.My grandmother must be a threat with her tuna sandwiches because she would smack the crap out of you if you touched her food and tell you to GET LOST!


27 posted on 01/03/2011 9:41:55 PM PST by taxtruth (Don't end the fed,jail the fed!)
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To: Ramius

It seems the silly people on the rest of the fight were the REAL problem.


28 posted on 01/03/2011 9:45:41 PM PST by taxtruth (Don't end the fed,jail the fed!)
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To: nickcarraway

Just his reaction proves he was up to no good. He could have been calling a bomb detonator for all they knew.


29 posted on 01/03/2011 9:47:24 PM PST by italybub
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To: nickcarraway

According to the article, it wasn’t so much about the bagle but more about the behavior.


30 posted on 01/03/2011 9:50:52 PM PST by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: nickcarraway

WTF ? ? ?

That professor doesn’t look Moslim, and most Moslims are NOT known for a propensity for bagels.

This case is proof positive that TSAPersons really are fast food industry rejects, with police powers. Oleg Volk has ‘em pegged.


31 posted on 01/03/2011 9:53:01 PM PST by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is essential to examine principles,)
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To: Ramius
He was thrown off the plane for whatever he did when they asked him about it. Looks like he got belligerent and got thrown off for being an @sshat. Good.

Hmmmm, you say there is much missing, then you proceed to fill in the blanks. How do you know he was the one who was belligerent? How do you he was being belligerent, and not the state police. How would you like it if some jackbooted thug said you were a member of Al Qaeda, because you had a bag with keys and a bagel were in it?

32 posted on 01/03/2011 9:53:01 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: italybub
Just his reaction proves he was up to no good.

Perhaps he was up to no good, or perhaps he was simply an asshole.

33 posted on 01/03/2011 9:53:26 PM PST by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: nickcarraway

What do the state police have to do with it? Airports aren’t usually in the jurisdiction of the state police, and I haven’t seen anything in the story to suggest that the state police were involved in any way.


34 posted on 01/03/2011 9:58:48 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: nickcarraway

Now I am nervous....

I make my own bagels.... ( : >)


35 posted on 01/03/2011 10:06:14 PM PST by Yehuda (Land of the free, THANKS TO THE BRAVE!)
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To: Ramius
Read the article my friend: Passengers reported hearing strange noises coming from a plastic bag. State police said later that the bag contained a set of keys,
36 posted on 01/03/2011 10:06:28 PM PST by nickcarraway
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So what?


37 posted on 01/03/2011 10:11:05 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: Ramius
A phonecall??? Sorry... he needed to get his sorry @ss off the plane and leave the rest of the passengers alone to go on about their way.

I was kind of sympathetic to you before, but not after this comment. The other passengers saw a bag with a bagel in it, so he has no right to be on the plane. I can't believe how many "Citizens are the property of the government" types there are on FR.

Next time you are on a plane, imagine if police come up to you and treat you like bin Laden. I'm sure you would love it.

38 posted on 01/03/2011 10:11:13 PM PST by nickcarraway (You are guilty until proven innocent. And may7be not then.)
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Shouldn’t have used the phone. If being on a plane full of people, unarmed, with no other means of vetting your other passengers doesn’t qualify as ‘exigent’, I don’t know what does.


39 posted on 01/03/2011 10:11:21 PM PST by RinaseaofDs (Does beheading qualify as 'breaking my back', in the Jeffersonian sense of the expression?)
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40 posted on 01/03/2011 10:12:37 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: nickcarraway

So the plane should’ve just waited on the tarmac for him to finish his phone call? Do we have to wait for every pantywaist passenger to get off the phone, or can the airline actually schedule their planes for certain hours of the day?


41 posted on 01/03/2011 10:15:39 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: Kickass Conservative
=== If the Professor were Black, Obama would come out and say that the Flight Crew acted stupidly. ===

Followed up by a Bagel Summit at the WH?

42 posted on 01/03/2011 10:23:27 PM PST by Citizen X_Area 51 (Loyalty to the country always. Loyalty to the government when it deserves it. -- Mark Twain)
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To: Ramius

The first thing you posted on this thread was this article doesn’t give enough details. Then you proceeded to promptly forget that fact. I’m not really sure how it played out. But neither are you. Who was responsible for getting the stat police on the plane?


43 posted on 01/03/2011 10:42:26 PM PST by nickcarraway (You are guilty until proven innocent. And may7be not then.)
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To: Salamander

A bagel-sniffing beagle Boggles my mind. Who sniffs the lox?


44 posted on 01/03/2011 10:46:36 PM PST by nickcarraway (You are guilty until proven innocent. And may7be not then.)
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To: Yehuda

I will eat the evidence, if that helps your legal troubles...


45 posted on 01/03/2011 10:49:09 PM PST by nickcarraway (You are guilty until proven innocent. And may7be not then.)
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To: Ramius

You claimed state police weren’t involved.


46 posted on 01/03/2011 10:50:18 PM PST by nickcarraway (You are guilty until proven innocent. And may7be not then.)
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To: nickcarraway

Yeah, I was falsely accosted for shoplifting once, and ended up in an altercation with the store detective. The point being that I never would have imagined myself acting as I did, but I was outraged. Luckily, nothing came of it.

If you search this guy’s name you can get his course list, and professor ratings from students, which are largely complimentary. Also, he was the student of a celebrated Russian mathematician, getting his degree in 2002. I pictured him as some kind of dumpy old guy, but Google scares up a picture of him and he appears young and thin, if not exactly handsome.

He would appear to be a total math head, minding his own business, and I’m sure he never knew what hit him.


47 posted on 01/03/2011 10:51:33 PM PST by dr_lew
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To: Ramius
So the plane should’ve just waited on the tarmac for him to finish his phone call? Do we have to wait for every pantywaist passenger to get off the phone, or can the airline actually schedule their planes for certain hours of the day?

So you think the hysteria by the other passengers and the wait for security to show up didn't leave them sitting on the tarmac? All of your remarks are those of a deranged leftist. This guy did nothing wrong, other than not to submit to a bunch of jack booted thugs posing as security and passengers.

This is the kind of crap you get when people like Napolitano(sp?)tell people to be on the look out for suspicious behavior. We have paranoia running wild and innocent citizens being thrown off planes.

It's alright with you of course because giving up your civil rights, and those of others, is just A-Ok with you as long as your flight gets there on time, right?

48 posted on 01/03/2011 11:12:41 PM PST by calex59
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To: Ramius
There’s so much missing from this story. He wasn’t thrown off the plane for having a bagel in a bag. He was thrown off the plane for whatever he did when they asked him about it.

According to Boston Globe: "Milatovic, who had been visiting family in Hudson, allegedly would not comply with a flight attendant’s instructions, refusing to take his seat and refusing to place his carry-on luggage into the overhead compartment.... Another passenger also reported that Milatovic made a furtive movement and a quick phone call, stating, 'I have boarded.'"

So he was arrested for suspicious behavior, not for having a bagel.

49 posted on 01/03/2011 11:56:27 PM PST by abbyg55
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To: nickcarraway

( : >)


50 posted on 01/03/2011 11:58:16 PM PST by Yehuda (Land of the free, THANKS TO THE BRAVE!)
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