BOSTON - An MIT student wearing what turned out to be a fake bomb 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.
A Massachusetts Port Authority staffer manning an information booth in the terminal became suspicious when Simpson â€” wearing the device â€” approached to ask about an incoming flight, Pare said. Simpson then walked outside, and the information booth attendant notified a nearby trooper.
The trooper, joined by others with submachine guns, confronted her at a traffic island in front of the terminal.
"She was immediately told to stop, to raise her hands and not to make any movement, so we could observe all her movements to see if she was trying to trip any type of device," Pare said. "Had she not followed the protocol, we might have used deadly force."
Those troopers should have shot her, made sure she was dead, and immediately locked down the airport. The media should spend the next two weeks discussing it over and over again. Get the message out ... If you show up in a US airport with a bomb strapped to your back, you will be shot on-site. Period.
Honor The Threat.
UPDATE: WizBang! Blog has weighed in on the issue, with a link to MoonBattery, and has even highlighted the same arguments that made it into the comments here. Cassy looks at this as just another "Attention Whore" looking for attention, but does pose the question of "what if" Star had been a true Jihadist:
It isn't fear mongering for police to take something like this seriously. She may well have simply been a stupid kid, but what is the alternative? What if she hadn't just been some stupid kid and really did have a bomb, but police just looked at her and thought, "Oh, that's just some kid being stupid?"