As I’ve mentioned a few times now, I’ll be heading to DC in a few weeks for a weekend. Being that I’ll be travelling the first week of school, I’m sure I’ll have plenty of reading to do (because I have 14 books for three classes! Of course, that is a rant for another time). That said, I’ve dedicated the summer to (starting) learning Arabic. I’ve got a computer program, a fancy book, a notebook for practicing, etc. and so forth.
The other day I realized that I might want to take my Arabic stuff with me for my airport/ flight down time. It then hit me that this may not be such a wise decision.
The logical part of me says: self, there’s nothing wrong with someone reading a book about and practicing a foreign language. No one would give me a second look if it were French or Spanish. Why should this be any different?
Of course, I little further critical thinking makes me realize that people are less than logical in post 9-11 America- especially in airports. What if someone gets worried, contacts the flight people, and I get pulled aside/miss my plane/get searched?
So, I ask you, dearest Dopers: would it be a wise decision for me to practice my Arabic on a flight? (I should note that at this point, I probably wont just because I’ll have school books and another book will just weigh me down; frankly, I’m just curious what y’all think).