Skip to comments.'Mouthy' traveler gets luggage blown up
Posted on 02/19/2005 4:42:49 AM PST by spectrout
Get "snippy" with an airlines' ticket agent and you may never see your luggage again.
That's the experience of Dr. Esha Khoshnu, a New Jersey psychiatrist traveling to San Diego to attend a conference.
While changing planes in Phoenix, Khoshnu got testy at a Mesa Airlines ticket counter, reports KGTV news, saying, "If I had a bomb, you wouldn't find it."
The Transportation Security Administration described Khoshnu as acting "mouthy and snippy," according to KGTV.
The bomb comment touched off a security scare and FBI officials were dispatched to question Khoshnu, who was subsequently detained long enough to miss her flight.
Her suitcase, however, got past security and was loaded onto the America West jet.
When Mesa Airlines Flight 6264 landed at Lindbergh Field in San Diego the pilot was instructed to taxi to a remote area of the airport where some 35 passengers were taken off the plane and escorted onto two buses, reports City News Service.
"When we landed and quickly did a U-turn on the runway, I was like, 'They never do that.' Then, all the cars started coming and it was obvious that it was for our plane. That was the scary part," one passenger told KGTV.
City News Service reports members of the San Diego Fire Department's bomb squad searched the plane but found no explosives. Next, they removed Khoshnu's suitcase and inspected it in an open area on the grounds of the airport.
Although they found nothing suspicious, authorities blew up the bag with an explosive charge and then doused it with water.
Khoshnu was eventually released and allowed to board a later flight to San Diego. KGTV reports the Assistant U.S. Attorney in Phoenix decided her actions did not merit charges.
The point is that you don't act like an idiot at the airport.
*Standing on the beach while shouting*
"You maniacs! You blew it up!!"
*Luggage is everywhere in tiny bits*
Really? How did they know there was no bomb?
Exactly, especially since she said they'd never find it.
When in doubt, render it inoperable.
As a psychiatrist, you'd think she'd know better.
Maybe next time she passes through here she'll keep her manners with her, instead of checking them in.
It's Darks' fault. I was summoned. Resistance was futile.
You need to accept reality. The current situation at airports will not only get worse it will spread to other parts of our lives.
And it is just a matter of time until another Janet Reno is calling the shots rather than an Ashcroft.
And at that point some flaming liberal will be deciding by fiat what constitutes "stupid" behavior and therefore deserves state sanctions.
That is the point and you better think long and hard about it.
Ever meet a mentally stable shrink?...
"Assistant U.S. Attorney in Phoenix decided her actions did not merit charges."
That's the part I don't get!
I'll never set foot on another commercial aircraft again.
I'm like Claire Wolfe in this regard - I won't fly not because I am afraid I would kick the snot out of some TSA thug who groped my wife or otherwise insulted me.
I am afraid I would not kick the snot out of the knuckledragger for fear of going to jail.
And that is precisely what the state wants.
I get chuckles from everyone (even a CHP officer).
Everyone, that is, except at the airport.
NO sense of humor...
I never get testy with food service handlers. My hubby got testy with a worker at a Taco Bell here in town. I took my little girl and left him standing at the counter. He followed me and asked me why I was mad. I told him because there was no way I was going to eat at a place where the employees were angry at a customer.....they may spit in your food. Having a couple of hard shelled tacos and a steak gordita wasn't worth it.
"Khoshnu" is a Persian name, in other words, Iranian.
And, imagine if some other passenger had heard what she said and spent the flight shaking in fear that she had not just been "snippy,"but had, infact, been flaunting her ability to hide something. Her words about a bomb could have caused others to be really stressed during their entire flight. Is it her right to make others worry - simply because she was not happy?
Actually,however, you missed the main point of my comment. My main concern is not with her. My main concern is that if, indeed, she had hidden a bomb in her luggage...and the luggage went on while she was detained - then a lot of people could have died, and she would have been safe and achieved her goal. That the authorities did not remove her luggage BEFORE the plane flew across the country astounds me. And makes me wonder about that whole security check process. That bag should have been pulled immediately.
One occasion, years ago (years prior to 9/11 even) I was waiting to board a plane when the man in front of me joked about having a gun. His words were "Oh, yeah, I could be hiding my gun in my underwear, right?" I will never forget it. We were all astonished. They wisked him away. And, wow, was his family was ANGRY at HIM, for being such a "meathead," and that is the exact word his wife used. He missed the flight because he had to be questioned. His family talked about him throughout the flight and what they were going to do to him when he finally got to their destination. They were not going to throw him a party for sure - and they were not angry with the airline. Those who "joke" about such serious things are not funny. If they miss their plains, or their luggage is damaged - so be it. No one made them make their ridiculous statements.
All I can say is God save the Republic.
Ben Franklin was right on two counts - his comments about (a) liberty and temporary safety and (b) "a Republic if you can keep it."
You can solace in the fact that I am in the minority on this. The bad news is the fact that means the grand experiment has failed.
MORAL: Be a good little serf and tug your forelock when your betters kick you.