Shoshana Hebshi, a half-Arab, half-Jewish mother from Ohio, thought it would be easy to fly on the anniversary of Sept. 11. But that was before her flight landed in Detroit, where she was promptly handcuffed and carted off to the airport detention facility for questioning.
If Sen. Larry Craig's public humiliation wasn't already complete, here come those two Hollywood jokesters, George Clooney and Brad Pitt, to keep the story of Craig's restroom scandal circulating in popular culture. In a video tribute to Julia Roberts, Clooney is busy singing Roberts' praises and explaining why he can't be there for the presentation of her American Cinematheque Award when he feels movement near his foot.
Whether or not Larry Craig manages to save his Senate career, the circumstances of his arrest bear exploring. Isn't there a better way to secure an airport bathroom than the institutionalized entrapment and humiliation of gay men?
The Idaho senator who was arrested on charges of committing a lewd act in a Minnesota airport apologizes for the scandal but emphatically denies that he is gay: "Let me be clear: I am not gay. I never have been gay." For the record, if a movie is ever made of this fiasco, Craig simply has to be played by John Lithgow.
New Mexico's transportation department has installed 500 talking deodorizers in urinals around the state in an effort to curb drunk driving. The motion-activated device plays a recorded message that encourages the captive listener to phone a friend or a cab if he has "had one too many."