I am befuddled by the FAA's decision to levy hefty fines against
Northwest Airlines for allowing agents to carry dynamite bombs
aboard NWA aircraft. Befuddled because I know that these
infractions could not possibly have occurred once the undercover
troublemakers were asked "The Questions."
"Did you pack these bags yourself?" "Were these bags out of your
sight at any time?" Every airline passenger knows the drill by
heart. Now, it is probably true that the question "Did you pack
dynamite bombs in any of these bags?" probably was not asked on the
occasions in question. But it is certainly implied in the standard
Two possible scenarios emerge here: Either the wily FAA agents
managed to dodge the questions, or the questions themselves are a
silly exercise designed to get the FAA off the hook for potential
security breaches. I have no answers, only more questions.