Re: International Flights - Wear Uniform?
Bruce K. Rosen (rosen@SPECKLE.NCSL.NIST.GOV)
Wed, 7 Aug 1996 09:10:34 EDT
I am writing this in reply to the messge asking the question about the
wearing of uniforms on international flights.
First a bit of background, I am writing this as a former employee of one of
those government agencies that would regularly brief its people on what to
do in the event of a hijack because if the hijackers learned where we worked
we were probably "dead meat."
There were two common threads that often ran through the briefings besides,
"don't get hijacked." The first was, in the event you are involved in a
hijacking, don't call attention to yourself. This would seem to imply that
uniforms are not a good idea. However, the second common thread was that if
you are involved in a hijacking and you do "come to the attention of the
perpetrators," then try to establish a "personal repore with them" by
carrying and showing things like pictures of your children. Now scouting is
a world wide organization with a good reputation everywhere in the world
and, much as we might not like it, the possibility exists that a hijacker
might even have been a scout, or might hold good thoughts about scouts.
Thus I might say that it is probably a good idea for the kids to wear their
uniforms, since as kids it doesn't tend to matter if they are noticed, and
as scouts it could get them out of harms way as a result of the second
thread mentioned above. For the adults it is strictly a personal call.
While the uniform might be misinterpreted, it could also get you included in
anything good that might come of the boys being in uniform.
Rockville, MD USA
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City