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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    Erik, 23 Sep 2007 @ 12:00pm

    Re: Re:

    No, it's not "just like the lite brite case

    We disagree. This was theater. The liquid ban is theater. The shoe thing is theater. The lite brite thing was theater.

    And no, they don't "have" to let you into the airport.

    If you have legitimate business there (which she did) they do. The can move security out if they like, but it is a public place.

    Was Copley Place an origin point of the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history?

    No, but it's a moot argument. Copley Place is a far better target for a suicide bomber than an airport. Any mall is. Any movie theater is.

    By the way, this very same thing would have happened if she had done this in September 1995 or 1975. Airport security and ticket agents don't mess around and never, ever have.

    B.S. Airport security is a joke, it always has been. Getting weapons onto a plane is trivial, even now.

    This incident was another example of security theater.

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