taxico wrote:none of the above is realistic without knowing what the young man will become.
It's Bliss555's son's chosen reality, so of course it's "realistic." Bliss555's son can
lead a full and happy life in the United States. It is possible, even very possible. Singapore is avoidable. Most of the world's airplanes don't even fly close to Singapore. The degree
of inconvenience and awkwardness is hard to predict, but a U.S. citizen's NS evasion just isn't at all like a medical diagnosis of pancreatic cancer (for example). His situation is not nearly as limited as the situations Julian Assange, Edward Snowden, and Roman Polanski find themselves in, to pick three examples. For perspective, a majority
of U.S. citizens don't even have passports. I'm quite sure they have no problem avoiding Singapore.
Don't get confused here, though. I am certainly not recommending evading NS. But if that's what Bliss555's U.S. citizen son wants to do, then we should be (to borrow your word) realistic about what that means. There are some disadvantages if you're an NS evader, true. He won't be enjoying the excellent in-flight service and cuisine aboard Singapore Airlines too often, for example. But it's certainly not the end of his world.