Friday idiot: MIT student arrested at Logan airport with a fake bomb
posted at 3:16 pm on September 21, 2007 by Bryan
Blogging and reading up on events as much as I do, there are days when I just have to scratch my head and ask “What is wrong with people?” I did that today after reading this story.
A college student with a fake bomb strapped to her chest was arrested at gunpoint Friday at Logan International Airport, officials said.
Star Simpson, 19, had a computer circuit board, wiring and a putty that later turned out to be Play-Doh in plain view over a black hooded sweat shirt she was wearing, said State Police Maj. Scott Pare, the commanding officer at the airport.
More details from the Boston Globe.
Star Simpson, 19, was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and approached an airport employee in Terminal C at 8 a.m. to inquire about an incoming flight from Oakland, according to Major Scott Pare of the State Police. She was holding a lump of what looked like putty in her hands. The employee asked about the plastic circuit board on her chest, and Simpson walked away without responding, Pare said.
Because of her choice of hardware and her actions, she almost got herself killed and now faces some serious charges involving carrying a hoax device.
A couple of the 9-11 planes originally took off from Logan. Now here’s this presumably bright but also presumably leftist student sporting a hoax bomb at that airport. What was the point? Was she just trying to illustrate the violence inherent in the system? Was it “performance art” gone wrong? Or is she just another addle-brained fool?
On Simpson’s personal website at MIT, she says she is studying computers and enjoys tinkering in a student-run machine shop.
“In a sentence, I’m an inventor, artist, engineer, and student, I love to build things and I love crazy ideas,” the website says.
“Crazy ideas,” indeed. What is wrong with people?
Update: This story has video of Simpson’s court hearing.