Luggage Vigilantes Accost Fellow Airline Passenger

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A university professor was traveling through Europe by plane, while wearing a long beard. Naturally, three fellow passengers thought he might be a terrorist. During a layover in Madrid, the three approached the bearded man and demanded to search his carry-on bags. Professor Pablo Gutierrez Vega declined, and the pilot took his side. He offered to throw the luggage vigilantes off the plane, an offer the professor declined, though he is preparing to sue.

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A university professor was traveling through Europe by plane while wearing a long beard. Naturally, three fellow passengers thought he might be a terrorist. During a layover in Madrid, the three approached the bearded man and demanded to search his carry-on bags. Professor Pablo Gutierrez Vega declined. The pilot took his side, offering to throw the luggage vigilantes off the plane, an offer the professor declined, though he is preparing to sue. You're listening to MORNING EDITION.

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