Friday, September 21, 2007

MIT Student Arrested For Fake Bomb At Logan Airport

WBZ is reporting that an MIT student was arrested for entering Logan International Airport in Boston with a fake bomb strapped on her body.

First the taser boy gets his 15 minutes of attention. Now, we have this.

I do not know what could've possessed her to do such a thing. People that get accepted into MIT have to be smart, it is one of the top engineering schools in the country. So, I seriously doubt it's related to some kind of cognitive deficit. The only thing I can think of is, she wanted to be the center of attention.

Well, she was. And most likely she will continue to get the attention she deserves, from behind the door of a jail cell.


d said...

It makes me think this country has gone insane! This thing is like a homemade bike light. It is in the shape of a star (hmm...her name is also Star.)

Would a person be arrested for bringing a flashlight to the airport?

Doesn't a laptop computer look more like a bomb than that thing?

I am seriously concerned about our law enforcement officers. It seems a terrorist with any sense would hide the explosive device or at least make a demand and state that he/she had an explosive device.

This thing was in plain view and its most explosive part is a 9 volt battery.

It is near beyond belief that the newspapers call it a fake bomb and the police say they would have killed the girl if she did not comply with their instructions.

Why was she charged with anything?

A.C. McCloud said...

d, you can't even say "bomb" in an airport. Most people know the score when flying, that you don't take gizmos with wires and batteries hanging out. And no, a laptop does not look like a bomb. Ramzi Yousef used a small casio watch battery and other MacGyver-like parts to blow a hole in a Philippine Airlines 747.

I think this was a little overdone and hopefully she was like a lot of scientists--a little adle-brained--and didn't realize it.

LASunsett said...


//Why was she charged with anything?//

You can find the Massachusetts law right here. And I think it could a be a federal offense, since it involves aviation. I cannot find any good explanation for this, there is none. No excuse either.

Greg said...

She's seriously lucky to be alive, as the police said during their news conference.

So, it's "art" she says. Yes, political art. I think I get the message she's trying to send, about the "so-called 'war on terror'". That's it's all a big joke, etc. Yes, I get it. Cute political stunt. She was grinning at her arraignment. I hope she gets a little jail time. Bet she won't be grinning then.

Other than that, bad week for the Simpson family, huh? First dad gets arrested in Vegas; now this? :)