Fear of Economics?

An economics professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Guido Menzo, says his flight was delayed by two hours because a fellow passenger thought the economics equations (relating to price-setting) that he was solving might be a sign he was a terrorist.

American Airlines confirmed on Saturday that a woman expressed suspicions about Professor Menzio who was seated next to her. She called the stewardess and passed her a note because he “was writing strange things on a pad of paper”. The plane, ready to take off, returned to the gate and the passenger left. Professor Menzio was then asked to disembark the plane and “met by some FBI looking man-in-black”.  He told the Washington Post that he was “treated respectfully throughout” the process, but remains perturbed by a system that “relies on the input of people who may be completely clueless”.

Therefore, be careful the next time that you are completing your economics homework on the train. Do not make the other passengers nervous!

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