being a caucasian male, would the same events have happened if i had "apruptly left the plane?"
I realize you're trying to turn this into a racial issue, but I'm going to answer you seriously: the same events would have happened depending on how
you had abruptly left the plane, and what your demeanor was beforehand.
You're not getting the full story here. If this guy was, for example, a business class passenger who also happened to be the VP
of a well-known company in the financial sector, and he "abruptly left the plane" because of an emergency meeting he'd just been informed of being held by the board of directors of his company, and he explained this properly to the flight crew, I guarantee no further action would have been taken regardless of the man's race or nationality.
Conversely, if you, as a white male, got on the plane with a small briefcase held close to your chest, sweating buckets, sat in your seat and five minutes later abruptly left the plane without your briefcase, I would expect and hope the plane would
be evacuated. Even if you simply opened and closed your briefcase and then hurriedly exited the plane, I would think there'd be cause for worry.
Notwithstanding the fictional account in the movie "Airport", there actually was a 707 that was blown up in an insurance scam over I believe Missouri in the 1960's or 70's - most pilots even today would know of this incident, so you're not off the hook simply because you're a white male. Flight crews are trained to a certain extent to watch behavior and act accordingly, regardless of race or nationality.
Edit: in case you're interested, the accident report of the above mentioned crash: http://www.avsaf.org/reports/US_reports/1960/1962.05.22_ContinentalAirlines_Boeing707-124.pdf
[Edited 2004-08-16 09:07:16]
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