[[Maybe somebody should explain to this doofus that here on the “mainland” we don’t wear something that LOOKS like a bomb to an airport...and the security people—dumb and dumber? “OH, you wanted to stand out on career day! OK! Well move on along then, you little scamp!”]]
MIT Coed With Fake Bomb “Art” Arrested
By GLEN JOHNSON (Associated Press Writer)
From Associated Press
September 21, 2007 12:29 PM EDT
BOSTON - An MIT student wearing what turned out to be a fake bomb was arrested at gunpoint Friday at Logan International Airport and later claimed it was artwork, officials said.
Star Simpson, 19, had a computer circuit board and wiring in plain view over a black hooded sweat shirt she was wearing, said State Police Maj. Scott Pare, the commanding officer at the airport.
“She said that it was a piece of art and she wanted to stand out on career day,” Pare said at a news conference. “She claims that it was just art, and that she was proud of the art and she wanted to display it.”
Simpson was charged with disturbing the peace and possessing a hoax device. A not guilty plea was entered for her at her arraignment Friday and she was released on $750 bail.
“I’m shocked and appalled that somebody would wear this type of device to an airport,” Pare said.
Simpson was “extremely lucky she followed the instructions or deadly force would have been used,” Pare said. “She’s lucky to be in a cell as opposed to the morgue.”
Simpson is a Massachusetts Institute of Technology sophomore from Hawaii, officials said.
The battery-powered rectangular device had nine flashing lights, Pare said. Simpson also had Play-Doh in her hands, he said.