Italian Ivy League economist pulled off flight and interrogated for ‘mysterious’ scribblings flagged up by another passenger… which turned out to be MATH


An Italian Ivy League economist sitting on an American Airlines flight from Philadelphia was flagged by a passenger to the crew as being a possible Middle Eastern terrorist scrawling threatening notes.

But Guido Menzio, a 40-year-old professor at the University of Pennsylvania, wasn’t writing secret messages.

He was solving a differential equation.

And yet Menzio’s flight from Philadelphia to Syracuse on Thursday night was delayed by more than two hours after the woman sitting next to him told the crew she was worried about her seatmate.

The woman, whose identity was not revealed and is believed to be in 30-something, initially told a flight attendant that she was feeling too ill to travel, an American Airlines spokesman told the Washington Post.

But when they escorted her off the plane, the woman told the crew she had actually been feeling suspicious of Menzio and wanted to be booked on another flight.

Then it was Menzio who was being escorted off the plane, where he was informed by an official that his seatmate had suspected he was a terrorist – specifically bring up his ‘cryptic’ notes in the unrecognizable script.

Menzio laughed and showed officials what he had been working on, an equation related to a talk he was on his way to giving at Queen’s University in Ontario regarding menu costs and price dispersion.

The professor was soon allowed to return to his seat, and said the pilot seemed embarrassed by the whole thing.

A sample of his works

Math has been always horrible subject for most human. But in this time not for school children, it gave the fear to the aduts:)

For me, math is the one of the most valuable and enjoyable subjects for understanding to universe as much as physics. First thing came to my mind when I’ve read this news, “how  couldn’t they understand these were the differential equations?”. If these notes were seen a person who has at least high-school graduate at Turkey or Russia(these two which I know their education system, maybe there are more at east), this person could undersand easily these are differential equations.

After I thought that “this is not about the math or etc.” This is about the fear. At USA or some European contries, people have been too much horrified that their psychology are fragile like crystal anymore. And after, I thought, what if they live in any east country, what would they do? Every day living with real terror. Probably they commit suicide, because obviously they are not able to live with real terror events every single day.

Actually the government of USA terrorizes the own people with horror. For doing this it is using propaganda tools. For example I’ve watched a Holywood movie recently, and one character was saying to the other: “Only paranoiacs could be survive”. I had laughed when I heard this. ( which it was a thriller movie):)

And creating horror is effecting people in every angle. I am quite sure, the USA government calculated the all parts(sociological, psychological, mental etc) of this.

According the scientific researches continuous horror is killing brain cells. People would have only one idea at one point for focusing, they don’t have any change to think in different areas while living with continuous horror. It is not like the old times anymore. Ages ago, horror was giving a chance for surviving of people, and they made houses and weapons for protecting. But todays, continuous horror is killing the people from inside of them. I think they calculated this too!

Pictures and title of post were taken from same page of this news of

11 thoughts on “Italian Ivy League economist pulled off flight and interrogated for ‘mysterious’ scribblings flagged up by another passenger… which turned out to be MATH

  1. What clinched it for the thirty-year-old-something woman was “…his ‘cryptic’ notes in the unrecognizable script.”

    Lets be frank: suspiciously Middle Eastern looking man scribbling, of all things, Arabic numerals, albeit in conjunction with the European symbols for differential equations.

    The upshot is if you are suspiciously Middle Eastern looking to use Roman numerals when in plotting anything in public: clumsier but less suspicious.


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  2. You made a great commentary, my friend! Actually, I have always had problems with math.

    Maybe I didn’t have good teachers? I don’t know. When I was very young I was tested with good ability for math. Only later did I have very much trouble with math.

    So last year I had to teach myself some statistics and algebra. It was very embarrassing, actually. Because I must resort to “Algebra For Dummies” type books.

    I hope I can learn math more. Yes, it was always scared me. From having a bad experience when I was young, then it carried over to when I am older.

    But most of all, you are right about the terror in U.S. I don’t think most Americans would survive in Turkey. Like you say, they would commit suicide.

    And I agree that this was planned with the spectacular 9/11. It is an excellent was of controlling the masses. Always living in fear. But in Turkey is real fear.

    But also, I don’t know about the U.S. education system. I think maybe it is not very good. Particularly in regards to math and science.

    Math is my worst ability and science is almost as hard for me. If you have a bad education, then it is harder to learn later. I want to know about physics and biology and chemistry, but I don’t know where to start.

    I never had a physics class.

    Ah…thank you for your commentary and the funny/sad article 🙂


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    • Teachers are really important about teaching math, my dear Earthling friend Paul. If you haven’t got one good math teacher at first years, you try to stay away from math maybe during all life time. But good teacher means in here, is not who knows best math, means in here who can reach to the children with fun, because already math (especially geometry for me:) can be most enjoyable subject for the children. The other side I am not good at biology and chemistry like you. Even once a time I was almost kicking out the school because of the one of them. At last extra final I could pass barely, and it has been that a family drama could be prevented with this way:)

      And thank you so much for your comment!

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  3. I think this is both funny and unfortunate, and you brought up a good point–a high school graduate should have recognized these as differential equations. I learned how to do simpler versions of these earlier this semester too, so it comes as a surprise anyone could have been naive enough to think it was code for something dangerous. I suppose his appearance is what scared the woman, but it’s becoming a huge problem. Anyone can point a finger at someone who looks remotely Middle Eastern or Muslim in general and get away with it, nobody bats an eye because it’s become the new norm.

    I just hope that more people realize how ridiculous being scared of everything is, because it’s really only tearing us apart as a global community. We’ve reverted back to relying on stereotypes and whatever the media tells us to formulate opinions on other people–which only serves to make us easier to control and more likely to give up our liberties for threats that may not even exist.

    Oh, another thing I’ve noticed is that this isn’t as big a problem for us teens/younger adults than it is for older adults. We’re a lot better about recognizing the ridiculousness of generalizations than some of the more reserved older generations are. That being said, I still think some of us can be very idiotic, and even the overall progressive attitude of the youth is undermined by bigotry and ignorance. It’s definitely something to work on as a society in general, to work towards acceptance instead of giving in to irrational fears and propaganda.

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    • “We’ve reverted back to relying on stereotypes and whatever the media tells us to formulate opinions on other people–which only serves to make us easier to control and more likely to give up our liberties for threats that may not even exist.”

      You’re definitely right, dear Ars. These all exist for creating and supporting to the new wars. The other side, even peace speechs are being fed by this new order. This is a dilemma, I know, but everything is sector anymore.

      Also, that point so, “new generations are recognizing the ridiculousness of generalizations more than older generations” is giving hope. I wish when new generation would become adult humans, they can protect currently ideas and views.

      Besides all these, it is really good to see you again in here:)

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      • You’re right, not even peace has been spared by the new order of things. It seems like the people will believe anything if it’s manufactured properly, whether by the government, or by a third party–it’s all the same now.

        Also, I really do hope my generation can fix things when we’re adults. I hope we don’t expect anything from the generation after us either, because those expectations almost always result in the furtherment of self-serving interests. Meaning, I hope when I’m an adult, that other adults along with myself take the interests of the youth into account, instead of expecting them to serve us like some adults are doing right now in government.

        And thanks Migo 🙂 I’m finally done with all my exams so I hope I can be on here more. I miss writing opinion pieces and poetry, so I want to start on those again by the time summer is in full swing.

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  4. Yes, I saw that news item – and I absolutely agree with you. The US government is stirring up Islamophobia and fostering a sense of paranoia in its own citizens. You ask what they would do if they had to live in this part of the world. When they’re not being paranoid about terrorists in their own country, they seem to be trying to impose their own dubious moral standards on Turkey and neighbouring countries. The US government built an impregnable fortress in a suburb of Istanbul not so long ago for its diplomatic staff to hide in – the UK built a huge wall around their Istanbul consulate and gave up doing anything in the way of passport renewals or visa-issuing.

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    • Than you for your pertinent comment! Also I didn’t know these walls or the structure kind of fortress. I guess, it seems nothing changed since Great Wall of China;)


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