Boston Police Still Calling Random Light-Up Devices 'Hoax' Bombs

from the it's-not-a-hoax dept

Earlier this year, a Cartoon Network marketing promotion became a huge story in the city of Boston when police assumed that some promotional light-up boxes were actually bombs. Rather than admit that they made a mistake and overreacted, the authorities in Boston continued to accuse the folks behind the promotion of perpetrating a "hoax" on the city. Of course, a hoax is where you try and trick people. None of the folks involved in the promotion were trying to trick anyone into believing the promotional devices were bombs. They were simply promotional. However, Boston still seems to be focused on calling any electronics device they don't understand a hoax device. The latest situation involves an MIT student wearing a sweatshirt that included a homemade electrical component that would light up LEDs on the sweatshirt. It's certainly understandable that security would want to check out the device and understand it. It's even somewhat understandable that they would be quite concerned about a homemade electrical device found in a sweatshirt. Walking into an airport with such a device is asking for trouble. However, to then accuse her of possessing a "hoax device," seems a bit absurd. This wasn't a "hoax" device at all. She wasn't trying to trick anyone.

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    dualboot, 22 Sep 2007 @ 7:19pm

    a happy (? okay, less hostile) medium

    in other words, let's get back to the original topic. Many people have cited many points both for and against the airport response; some logical, some not so logical. While I see the point that we don't want everything to be considered a bomb, saying that her actions are equivalent to carrying an ipod is exaggerating a bit. Electronics go through the X-ray machines, as do our shoes and liquids, to check for danger. You can no longer keep your car curbside at airports or government buildings, nor leave bags unattended for fear that they could contain something dangerous. These are rules that protect us. When you bring your mp3 on the airplane, it has been verified as not harmful by the x-ray machine. However, when you wear clothing containing a home-made circuit board, which can't be sent through the x-ray unless someone implements a new airport nudity policy, you should expect security to be concerned. I would be worried if she was not stopped.

    Some of your comments about shooting her are a bit over-zealous,but the idea of letting her walk around the airport that way seems a bit like asking for trouble. I think stopping her to investigate was completely appropriate and necessary. I used to carry many electronics with me while traveling, but have used my common sense to determine that it would no longer be a wise decision, and so limit myself to first the necessary components now. I think others should do the same, and not bring in anything other than a cell phone if you're just picking up someone. The rest (including artsy circuit-board shirts) is entirely unnecessary to the task of retrieving your friend.

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