Thursday, December 08, 2005

Shooting In Miami

I agree with the Instawife on this, if you have an at-risk fellow traveler, who needs medication to stay rational, deal with it, by staying on the ground or getting the proper meds. Instapundit's wife suggests
It's tragic, but as the InstaWife was saying this morning, traveling with a bipolar who's off his meds is like traveling with a diabetic who's not taking insulin: unwise.

In fact, I was on a flight from LA to Paris with a diabetic off meds and we had to make an unscheduled stop in Denver, an hour into the flight, to have him taken off by EMT's on a stretcher. Not a safety risk to the other passengers, but a terrific inconvenience and everyone was very kind about it but also, about 2 hours late to Paris.

Even travelling with my ten-year-old, (who isn't on meds and doesn't need them) he sometimes likes to make nervous silly remarks as kids do, about terrorists or bombs, and so I make it CLEAR, that we don't goof around or create any fuss or attention or make others nervous in airport security, on the jetway, or on the plane. It's just never going to be okay again to relax into that kind of behavior when flying.

I don't know all the details yet, but from Sara Goo, the Washington Post reporter's recounting on the News Hour w/Jim Lehrer last night, the passenger was resisting arrest and I think the air marshalls did exactly what they should have done. The don't have time to discuss a crazy person's DSM-IV condition with their relatives. They chose to protect 150 innocent bystanders from one potentially dangerous lunatic. I think they made the right choice.