Is anyone surprised that she is an “Associate Professor of Sociology”?
American professor arrested following mid-flight foreign policy rant
by Sarah Larimer
A college professor was arrested at Miami International Airport over the weekend after launching into a loud foreign policy lecture during a flight from Nicaragua. Her rant was captured on video and later posted online.
“The United States has declared war on Venezuela!” a woman aboard a plane says repeatedly in the video.
“Venezuela has declared a national security threat,” Halnon continues.
“You’re a national security threat,” a passenger responds.
Halnon was charged with disorderly conduct, according to an arrest affidavit. The New Times reported that she was released after posting $500 bond.
“In a democracy one must speak up and against injustice,” Halnon said in an e-mail to The Post on Tuesday after claiming she was mistreated during her arrest. “To be tortured is not democracy!”
The New Times reported that the incident occurred on a flight from Nicaragua to Miami. Halnon also lit a cigarette on the plane, the New Times reported.
“Yes, that was me, and I was actually smoking a cigarette briefly,” Hanlon told Miami’s CBS affiliate. “I took a few puffs out of it. … Every other revolutionary smokes.”
A Penn State-Abington spokesman said in an e-mail that the university is “aware of Dr. Karen Halnon’s behavior this past weekend on a flight from Nicaragua and is looking into the matter.”