On a recent flight from Texas to North Carolina, a woman came so unglued that she tried to open the plane’s door. The flight crew had to bind and gag her with duct tape. This was an extreme example of a disturbing trend in air travel: People are becoming unruly or even hysterical.
I think this phenomenon is attributable to the mental health toll of the pandemic. And it’s not just affecting air travel. I think it’s contributing to spikes in road rage, crime, and crazy politics.
Which brings me to the reaction to President Joe Biden’s comments last week. He explained that we’ve moved out of the wholesale approach to vaccination—mass vaccination centers—and must try retail.
“Now we need to go to community by community, neighborhood by neighborhood, and oftentimes, door to door—literally knocking on doors—to get help to the remaining people,” Biden said.