Creative interventions

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Four thoughts on the United Flight 3411 incident:

      1. What a mess!
      2. Almost everyone involved can (probably) see a point at which they should have chosen differently, and (almost certainly) wishes they had.
      3. On the whole, if you were one of Dr. Dao’s fellow passengers, filming the event on your cellphone was a better choice than trying to physically intervene.
      4. It appears that an even better choice for almost anyone on the plane would have been to stand up and say “This man appears to really need to get home, I will give up my seat.”

“Blessed are the peacemakers . . . .”

2 thoughts on “Creative interventions

  1. A deranged man committed at least four minor crimes against the civil order: (1) physically disturbing the peace against local law, (2) non-compliance and physical resistance to lawful authority (flight crew and eventually uniformed police under federal jurisdiction), (3) escaping official custody, and (4) reentering the aircraft without permission. None of those crimes are justifiable because the air crew or police were less than perfectly deferential. An airline ticket is no contract for any given seat or flight, and even if it were, no one has the right to physically defend it. Those in command have a rightful duty and obligation to expel passengers who are that stupid. The laws and procedures are basically correct, and were correctly applied. The petty brutality is entirely the fault of the perpetrator, who ought to be prosecuted for his physical resistance and violence. The airline and police should be commended for dealing with the instant situation properly. But the masses are ignorant and unreasonable, and foolishly blame any shocking scenes on the authorities’ use of force when force is indicated. It is silly to imagine different random circumstances or exquisite delicacy avoiding this type of event. No pilot in command is going to allow a bystander to excuse a violent fellow passenger and volunteer to swap places. Misbehaving passengers get taken off on the ground; in the air they get handcuffed to the armrests (which is why they have cuffs on board, disguised as short seat belt demonstration/extension kits). Which is exactly how it should be.

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  2. Well said.

    On Tuesday, April 11, 2017, c o m m o n p l a c e s wrote:

    > albrooke posted: “#united3411 Four thoughts on the United Flight 3411 > incident: What a mess! Almost everyone involved can (probably) see a point > at which they should have chosen differently, and (almost certainly) wishes > they had. On the whole, if you were one of Dr” >

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