This column was written by CBS News Early Show co-anchor.
You've no doubt heard by now of the couple on the Southwest flight who were caught canoodling under a blanket on the way to North Carolina. They were disturbing some of the other passengers — and when the flight attendant asked a second time for them to stop, the canoodling couple apparently got cranky.
Cranky canoodlers are a no-no in this day and age, and when the plane landed they were met by the cops. The couple's lawyer says they are innocent and that the man was sick. That's why he had his head in her lap.
Seems reasonable enough, especially in light of contemplating spending the next 20 years in prison. What our amorous airline passengers failed to realize was they were not making out; they were messing with the Patriot Act.
Soon we'll find out they were probably trying to smuggle shampoo on the flight, too.
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By Harry Smith
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