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Child porn: See something, say something

When an Arizona businessman named Kurt Wade turned in Grant Smith, a fellow Delta Air Lines passenger who was allegedly viewing child pornography on a flight from Salt Lake City to Boston last Saturday, Wade was doing more than just the right thing. He was reinforcing the belief - so obviously missing in the recent Penn State scandal - that when the exploitation of children is happening right out in the open, adults must do whatever they can to stop it.

The obligation applies both to outright abuse and to pornography, since the child-porn industry is illegal and deeply exploitive; the usual arguments about the right to view adult porn don’t apply when kids are involved.

The fact that a fellow passenger turned in Smith attests to another reality: Airline travelers continue to be vigilant. “See something, say something’’ means something in the air. The same alertness that protects against terrorism also works against many other serious crimes.

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