I don't imagine The Clash ever thought their music could force airplanes into premature landings. Or that a taxicab driver could finger a fan as a terrorist. But that is exactly what happened earlier this week on a flight bound for London.
A real-life "V for Vendetta' moment...the end-result of so much fear-mongering.
As a sign of these twitchy times, Reuters reported that a man sang along to The Clash's "London Calling" while listening to it on his iPod en route to London (gasp!) Apparently another passenger didn't appreciate hearing this man sing the following lyrics: "Now war is declared -- and battle come down" while other lines warn of a "meltdown expected", among others.
Anti-terrorism detectives forced the plane to land and then escorted Harraj Mann, 24, for questioning (he was later released and allowed to continue to London).
Apparently, the taxi driver doesn't like '70s punk rock. Or remember what The Clash were singing about. Different era, different context today...both examples of rage against the machine of fear.
posted by Chris Kennedy @ Sunday, April 09, 2006,