Wednesday 20 February 2019

Flight delayed over 'suspicious codes' of math professor


An American Airlines flight from Philadelphia to Syracuse was delayed for over two hours after a woman raised suspicions over a man 'scribbling secret terrorist codes', said a report.

Guido Menzio, an associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania, was then asked to disembark the plane and "met by some FBI looking man-in-black" who questioned him after the woman next to him said she felt ill, said a report in The Times of India.

Menzio was flying from Philadelphia to Syracuse on Thursday to give a talk at Queen's University in Ontario, Canada.

Before the flight took off, the 30-something woman seated next to Menzio told the cabin crew she was feeling too ill fly but later voiced her suspicions about Menzio's scribblings.

He was solving a differential equation, but said he was told the woman thought he might be a terrorist because of what he was writing.

Menzio showed the security agents what he had been writing and the flight eventually took off - more than two hours late.

American spokesman Casey Norton said the crew followed protocol to take care of an ill passenger and then to investigate her allegations. They determined them to be non- credible, he said.

The woman was re-booked on a later flight.

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