• "The public would rather us err on the side of caution than not."

    by Cliopatria

    On a Frontier Airlines flight from Denver to Detroit on Sept. 11, three passengers were seated together on one side of a row: "two Indian men living in the Detroit metro area, and me, a half-Arab, half-Jewish housewife living in suburban Ohio." The two men both, brace yourself for this, used the lavatory. Here's a mediocre-at-best news story that reports what happened after that, but here's the personal account of a blogger who claims to be the third of those three passengers -- the non-lavatory-using female passenger, for those of you who are keeping score at home. I invite your comments, particularly comments that might place this kind of official behavior in a historical context, because I'm just speechless. I hope to see more about this in the news, with detailed responses from the agencies involved, but I don't really expect to.

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  • Carnivals and Carryon

    by Cliopatria

  • Biblical Studies Carnival for September 20ll, episode 1, episode 2, episode 3, is up at James McGrath's Exploring Our Matrix.
  • The history of science carnival, The Giant's Shoulders XXXIX, will go up at John McKay's Mammoth Tales on 16 September. Use the form to nominate the best in history of science blogging since mid-August.
  • Carnivalesque LXXVIII, an early modern edition of the festival, will go up at Harlots, Harpies and Harridans on 24 or 25 September.