39 Responses

  1. Ella
    Ella at |

    Hmm – that’s funny. I’ve flown US to South Africa via Frankfurt and never had any reason to even THINK about German police, much less defame them.

  2. gwayrav
    gwayrav at |

    Sounds like a white woman. The entire story stinks of privilege.

    1. Tyrone Willingham
      Tyrone Willingham at |

      No, not white. Just click on her twitter profile and you will see she is a left wing nut-job. Here is her profile

      Student of South Asian pol-mil affairs, foodie, pitbull apostle, scotch devotee, pissed off feminist nontheist. Views R my own. Block ALL rubes. RT≠endorsement.

  3. Skaner
    Skaner at |

    This lady is a professor at Georgetown who’s seems to turn into a lunatic with anyone who disagrees with her on political views. Kind of like the liberal Ann Coulter.

  4. MommaTraveler
    MommaTraveler at |

    I gave up counting how many SAT words she managed to weave into this rambling narrative of the events. Overall, she came across as a pompous, self-entitled, arrogant woman. At the same time, it sounds like the German officers were less than courteous which served to inflame her. One thing I have learned in all my travels is to just be calm and polite, and regardless of how you feel, just do as they say and shut up! You may not agree, and may be pissed, but better to simmer in silence than let it escalate the way it appears to have done so here.

  5. Carl P
    Carl P at |

    So why was she even “calling someone else in the area a Nazi”. She sounds like a nut.

  6. Gil Gredinger
    Gil Gredinger at |

    My cousin who lives in Berlin, had to remind me that they don’t have the freedom of speech that we do in the USA. It’s mostly hate speech that is not protected. He had a woman call him an anti-semitic name, in front of a police officer! She was quickly arrested. They don’t play around.

  7. Daniel Tuazon
    Daniel Tuazon at |

    Her credentials as a national security expert and frequent traveller seem to be incongruent with her inability to handle this situation.

    I’m sure if the same thing happened except it was someone coming to the USA dealing with the TSA or CBP, not many if any of her fellow countrymen would say anything and much less her. So much for knowing what human rights are.

    In Germany, you don’t say the N word. No questions – just don’t say it.

  8. Alex Dumas
    Alex Dumas at |

    Sad to think that such a crazy twit is a university professor

  9. gus
    gus at |

    In Germany, there is freedom of speech as well. However, statements that are defamatory or insulting are not covered by that speech. The thinking goes that generally you can always get your point across without resorting to insults. In addition, insulting police officers is punished more severely. Clearly calling this police officer a nazi is insulting and defamatory, so she was charged. Do you go around smoking pot in Singapore? No? then don’t violate german laws by insulting police officers either.

  10. Anne Mroczynski
    Anne Mroczynski at |

    Classic MJG – ix-nay on the azi-nay

  11. WR
    WR at |

    Couldn’t happen to a nicer person it seems.

    And Gus, what you describe is pretty much the opposite of freedom of speech. Popular and friendly speech doesn’t need constitutional protections. Still, a stupid move by her part, it’s too bad she didn’t get thrown into a small locked room for a few days for a little attitude adjustment.

  12. bigbird
    bigbird at |

    nobody should call anyone a “nazi” who isn’t a nazi

  13. Jessica Coane
    Jessica Coane at |

    It pays to not use slurs…

  14. USBusinessTraveller
    USBusinessTraveller at |

    The fact the HuffPo published her drivel speaks volumes about them.

    But it was a funny read. Beats some of the troll threads on the TripAdvisor Air Travel forum. And the Bundespolizei’s response was priceless.

  15. USBusinessTraveller
    USBusinessTraveller at |
  16. GUWonder
    GUWonder at |

    Germany and most of the EU, including the UK, have national laws that restrict what kind of language/expression is allowed way beyond what is legally protected in the US as freedom of speech/expression.

    The US has a greater legal allowance for freedom of speech/expression than Germany, France, Denmark, the UK, etc. And we have more in the US than in India, where this woman was headed.

    The German police and other security services do have too many neo-Nazi/far right-wing sympathizers/supporters in the rank and file, but this woman’s situation almost certainly had nothing to do with that. Rather it seems to be a case of a passenger having been hit by a “false alarm” and getting annoyed by it amongst other things.

  17. Stefan
    Stefan at |

    Super Pro Tip: Don’t call police officers “Nazi”. Not in Germany, not anywhere.

  18. NB
    NB at |

    Idiots should not be given passports to travel – particularly over-educated idiots. And since when was it remotely acceptable to grossly insult a stranger in a public place to his face, particularly a police officer?

  19. Tony
    Tony at |

    when reviewing her website…. “She can cause trouble in multiple languages.” (I am not making this up)

    What a wasted life…

  20. ken
    ken at |

    Well, her account says she didn’t call them nazi but an american guy who was passing by. I didn’t fully understand that part from her account (when she called them and how that fitted in the conversation) Yet, if her account is accurate, it is definitely an abuse of power, which happens so many times at airport security these days. I have experienced it in US, UK, Germany but nothing like her experience. When people get an unlimited power, they often abuse it. This is exactly what is happening at mega airports. In general, German public or private officers have zero patience or customer service knowledge. Also they are in general very rude (compared to other countries on average) and never admit their mistake. They do like to exhibit their power to others and tend to show off. It has happened many times and I let go because I don’t want to waste my time and I don’t live in Germany but I hope this country changes a bit. Either way, I am curious to see whose account is actual

  21. Brad Mixner
    Brad Mixner at |

    When are people going to learn? ????

    1. Steven Frischling
      Steven Frischling at |

      Even worse, don’t call them Browns fans.

  22. DavidB
    DavidB at |

    Guess she never experienced LHR transit security staff…now they’re the N#*#* of the airport world!

  23. James Garrett
    James Garrett at |

    She didn’t try to use the presidents line and say some we’re good people?

  24. musiker
    musiker at |

    #DavidB…you hit the nail on the head. The LHR security staff are a class act of their own – the German police are quite tame compared to those morons in London

  25. Charles Kennedy
    Charles Kennedy at |

    she sounds like an absolutely vile person

  26. Karen Johnson
    Karen Johnson at |

    An article in the Daily Mail said she is an associate professor at the Center for Peace and Security Studies. Anybody else see the irony there?
    It seems to me that if she really has flown 1.7 million miles (as opposed to get them through credit cards, etc) that she would know how to behave in an airport.


  27. Stefano Zanero
    Stefano Zanero at |

    The astonishingly arrogance of ignoring the customs and the law of other countries is breathtaking.

    1. Charles Kennedy
      Charles Kennedy at |

      and insulting the cops; in the USA she would have probably got tazed at the very least

    2. Stefano Zanero
      Stefano Zanero at |

      Charles Kennedy that’s literally one of the advices we give to students coming to the USA for an exchange: “whatever order you are given by a US cop, just do it, and then ask questions later”.

  28. Stefano Zanero
    Stefano Zanero at |

    The astonishingly arrogance of ignoring the customs and the law of other countries is breathtaking.

    1. Charles Kennedy
      Charles Kennedy at |

      and insulting the cops; in the USA she would have probably got tazed at the very least

    2. Stefano Zanero
      Stefano Zanero at |

      Charles Kennedy that’s literally one of the advices we give to students coming to the USA for an exchange: “whatever order you are given by a US cop, just do it, and then ask questions later”.

  29. Matthew LeBaron
    Matthew LeBaron at |

    Haha what an ass. She sucks.

  30. Nate
    Nate at |

    Y’all should really RTFA. I was prepared to make fun of her but after reading her account it looks like, at the end of the day, she was arrested simply for having an attitude and not meekly submitting to the police.
    Maybe she’s an idiot for standing up for herself instead of just trying accepting inconvenience and moving on with her life, but personally I’m really glad that at least somebody is doing that; I personally don’t have the time for that but I feel like it ought to be done.
    Also, the article makes it pretty clear that she has no cultural awareness of Germany; simply uttering the word “Nazi” is virtually guaranteed to make any situation a lot worse, regardless of context. In fact, it’s clear that even at the time she wrote the article she still didn’t understand the incendiary nature of the word, so I’d cut her some slack there. For what it’s worth I find her explanation 100% believable and I doubt she actually called the cop a Nazi.

  31. GR Downtown
    GR Downtown at |

    This is a simple case of what happens when you not don’t follow instructions. She’s a frequent traveler. She knows the 3-1-1 rule. She knows you have to take the 3-1-1 liquids in a clear quart bag out of the carryon BEFORE it goes on to the conveyor belt. I’m sorry that she missed her connection. I am sorry she is going through menopause. I am sorry that I know that she is going through menopause and that her periods are unpredictable and create oceans of fluids. HOWEVER, she is the one who didn’t follow the rules. She failed to comply with commands of the border police and was belligerent. Hey look over there: Nazis! Like someone being pulled over for speeding and claiming that others were speeding at faster rates or that there are much more serious crimes being committed and that excuses her conduct. THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF WHY MANY IN THE WORLD HATE AMERICANS.

    I suggest that she suspend her travels until her attitude improves.

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