An American Airlines pilot was fined nearly $17,000 on accusations he made an obscene gesture when being photographed at the airport as part of entry requirements for US citizens, officials said.
Brazil imposed the new rules that Americans be fingerprinted and photographed at entry points in response the similar rules in the United States for citizens of Brazil and other countries whose citizens need visas to enter.
The pilot, Dale Robin Hersh, lifted his middle finger while undergoing the new security process at Sao Paulo's Guarulhos International Airport, said federal prosecutor Matheus Baraldi Magnani.
I remember when security cameras started appearing everywhere a few years before 9-11. I used to get freaked out at their ever increasing presence. I liked to flip them off everywhere I saw them, and would encourage my children to do the same.
Now they are so ubiquitous that we hardly notice them anymore.