It appears that Logan airport security overreacted a little. From skippy:
star simpson, who sounds like the cartoon character host of the view, was the mit student who was arrested at logan airport last week for wearing a “hoax device,” which airport police thought was a bomb, but was really just geek computer art.
….so, because most people in charge nowadays are luddites when it comes to science and technology, suddenly the rest of us have to keep our heads down and minds firmly ensconsed in the 19th century as well? (make that the 16th century…there were actual machines at work in the victorian age, and who knows how many stereo-optic latern shows could be used to blow up america? the dept. of homeland security doesn’t want to take that risk.)
…but star wasn’t making a statement, at least, not to paranoid right-wing america. she was simply wearing her goofy geeky computer art. goodness, if personal fashion is now a reason to get arrested, we can think of a thousand more deserving subjects than an mit geek.
are we all supposed to go back to papyrus and stylus just because those in authority can’t tell what a bomb looks like? apparently so, according to the monday morning generals in the war on terra.
the students get it. the scientists get it. the luddites don’t.
too bad for us the luddites are in charge.
This leads to a serious question: does anyone know someone who flies regularly who uses an insulin pump? I ask this because an insulin pump isn’t something you can just remove–a needle is inserted under the skin and to prevent infection, you want a clean place to insert a new needle (you wouldn’t want to reinsert a used one).
Any horror or non-horror stories?