Zitat A world-renowned Ivy League economist was escorted off an American Airlines plane last Thursday after a paranoid woman mistook him for being a terrorist.
Guido Menzio is currently an associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Economics and has also worked at Princeton and Stanford. Last year, he won the 2015 Carlo Alberto Medal for Best Italian Economist Under 40. Unfortunately, the only thing his seatmate noticed about him was that he was brown with black curly hair and a foreign accent.
What was supposed to be a short flight from Philadelphia to Syracuse turned into an ordeal when the woman seated next to Menzio flagged down flight attendants to express her concern over Menzio writing unfamiliar markings into his notebook. After a long wait, the plane headed back to the gate and Menzio was asked to leave the plane.
The Washington Post reports that he was “taken to meet some sort of agent, though he wasn’t entirely sure of the agent’s affiliation.”
The agent informed Menzio that he was suspected of terrorism, and began to look at his notebook. But he learned the unfamiliar markings “weren’t Arabic, or some other terrorist code. They were math.”