So You Think You've Heard It All?
Yesterday, I railed against my recent experience at McCarran Airport in Las Vegas with the morons running the bag check screening there. Today, it seems, a sophomore at MIT has made my life even worse through a stupid "art" concept that could and possibly should have left her mortally wounded.
The girl's name is Star Simpson, which sounds either like a pornstar or an E! news reporter, or both. Here is a clip from the story, from AP:
MIT Coed With Fake Bomb `art' Arrested
By GLEN JOHNSON
BOSTON (AP) — An MIT student with a fake bomb strapped to her chest 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."
The device had wires connected to a battery, allowing it to light up, he said. Simpson also had Play-Doh in her hands, he said.
Simpson was charged with disturbing the peace and possessing a hoax device, and was to be arraigned in East Boston District Court later Friday.
"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."
Yes, she is lucky. (And I'll reserve my amusement about the fact that women are still referred to as "coeds" for later.)
How dumb do you have to be? Obviously, she's no dummy if she goes to MIT, but what was going on here? This is either the worst art prank or a brilliant suicide attempt gone awry.
Of course, now airport security will probably be throwing away Play-Doh -- oh, wait, they do that already, as my 2-year old niece found out on a recent trip. Anyhow, Star Simpson is one dumb broad.