The Feds have arrested that Jet Blue pilot who went nuts the other day and he’s facing twenty years in jail.The press has disclosed the details of his erratic behavior but so far, nothing else, so I’ll reserve judgment (something our president might practice next time he’s tempted to engage in a little race baiting). For instance, blood tests at the hospital might have shown drugs in his system or alcohol, and that would justify his arrest.
But just from what the public knows, the poor man seems to have gone completely out of his mind and that is not a crime in America – no evil intent, no crime (well, except for environmental laws, but that’s another discussion). Why the arrest, then and, if he’s to be arrested, why not disclose the reason? “Interfering with a flight crew” tells us nothing we didn’t know, but why did he do it?
Is this some kind of bizarre reaction to the Zimmerman case in Florida, showing that the feds will arrest white people? That seems incredibly far-fetched, but here’s another theory, maybe not quite so unlikely: the TSA wants to show how tough it is. They have a track record of harassing nonagenarians and infants and everyone in between, so a deranged pilot would fit into their target range – hell, there’s no one who isn’t in their target range.
So I’m puzzled by this rush to indictment, and I’m interested in seeing how this plays out.