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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    Enrico Suarve, 24 Sep 2007 @ 1:49am

    How do they train these guys

    Apart from the fact that the US is now officially a police state where you can be tazered for talking and shot for failing to follow due fashion sense, the scary thing for me is:

    She was arrested for having a hoax device - if a breadboard with a few wires and a flashy lit up sign is a hoax device, exactly what training do these 'security' guys get?

    Appropriate response to a would be ask to leave, escort outside, check device, apologise for inconvenience/warn that wearing stuff like that in an airport is likely to scare people who know nothing about bombs/security etc

    That’s if your man has a clue about what constitutes a bomb - but since this is Boston where flashy signs and roadside traffic counters are bombs you have no chance (yes they also blew up a city owned and positioned traffic counter as a 'suspicious' device earlier this year)

    America - land of the pacified and home of the scared

    I'm just waiting for the first time they have to justify shooting a skier as "it looked like he had a bazooka"

    Be honest - the Nazis you employ in airports are just there to remind everyone that you sure as fuck have no rights, and you can and will be screwed with if you so much as even THINK about stepping out of line

    Keep drinking the Kool-aid – nothing to see here

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