But on the plane, restricted movement and confiscated comforts took a toll.
“The last hour and a half, they said we can’t move at all,” Ms. Cain said. “That was very hard for her. The flight attendant came by and took the pillow from her head. I didn’t like that. Why did they have to wake her up? It would be better for her to sleep.”
Then Emily threw up, never any parent’s dream, but all the more unpleasant when the bathroom cannot be visited.
L'havdil, to differentiate, last week when I finally got my father's Israeli Identity Card, it was from an older clerk and supervisor, both much more experienced and aged than the one who had stood on principle and refused when one document was missing. We had other documents which were of a higher security rating. That's using common sense.
Israeli security personnel are trained to intensify and trust their gut reactions, instincts and know what behavior could be suspicious. Granted flight stewards/stewardesses don't all have that talent, but they should be given instructions on when to break the rules. Instead of wasting their time and efforts on disturbing a child's sleep, they should be watching those who could be terrorists. Yes, that's profiling! Profiling saves lives and is even more efficient.