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(Mercury News)   Charges against dude with the suspicious watch at the airport dropped. With a picture of the suspicious watch. Frankly, this guy was asking for trouble (especially if he expected TSA to be understanding and get his hipster irony)   (mercurynews.com) divider line 113
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2012-11-20 03:22:44 PM

Bedurndurn: You know looking at that, I don't blame the TSA idiot for asking the bomb squad to find out what the hell is going on with that.


Yeah, now that I see a picture of it, I say the guy was either being an ass or a total idiot to bring that on a plane these days.

Still wonder why TSA didn't stop him on the outbound leg of his journey though...
 
2012-11-20 03:33:07 PM

The Larch: Yeah, I'm not getting it. You said that it was necessary for him to be jail while the executive branch did the background and association check, and the $150K bond prevented him from walking out of jail. But then the bond didn't prevent him from leaving jail. So if he didn't need to be in jail to do the background and association check, then why did you bring up the background and association check? Is it possible that you're one of those people who doesn't think about things too deeply?


I might be one of those people who doesn't take a discussion on the internet seriously enough to warrant my full attention. You might be one of those people who just wants to take some inconsequential portion of the discussion that you understand to begin with then drive it into the ground so you can charlie sheen yourself.

You know what a bond is. I know what a bond is. You know that I know what a bond is. I know that you know that I know what a bond is. You and I both know that you are being obtuse.
 
2012-11-20 04:09:15 PM
Steampunk watch, could possibly look like a bomb to braindead TSA workers, but not to any reasonable person.
hackedgadgets.com

I consider myself a "reasonable person", and while i dont think that this watch is a bomb, its definitely made to resemble one, probably not deserving of a fine or jailtime, but if you try to overtly troll the TSA in this manner, youre an asshat and deserve the cavity search.
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2012-11-20 04:09:53 PM

GoGoGadgetLiver: You might be one of those people who just wants to take some inconsequential portion of the discussion that you understand to begin with then drive it into the ground so you can charlie sheen yourself.


You think that throwing someone in jail with a $150K bond is inconsequential?
 
2012-11-20 04:37:42 PM
Why subby is an idiot:

#1: Steampunk does not equal hipster
#2: If the charges were dropped after the fact, then he had every right to walk through with it.
#3: A detonator can be built out of any watch that has an alarm feature on it, so yes "it could have set off a bomb" and yes "he had all the necessary materials to trigger an explosion" but no, he wasn't the only one who carried a device that could trigger an explosion on to the plane that day.
 
2012-11-20 04:49:19 PM

Bedurndurn: You know looking at that, I don't blame the TSA idiot for asking the bomb squad to find out what the hell is going on with that.


Neither do I .

It's the whole 'the bomb squad cleared him, and they still had him arrested' thing I have a problem with.
 
2012-11-20 04:59:19 PM

archichris: Lemme pose this for you...I make a piece of art that looks like a suicide vest, I certify it with the tsa that it is harmless and they let me on a plane, then I jump up and show everyone on the plane in mid air and start screaming that I am a terrorist and I am going to blow up the plane if they dont change course to syria........


And then get your ass beat by everyone else on the plane.

What's the problem?

If it looks dangerous it can be used to intimidate or control a flight crew.

So, things that LOOK dangerous (to the stupiduntrained eye) should be banned, while things that actually ARE dangerous* are okay to take??

Isn't that the very definition of 'Security Theater'? Banning stuff to make people THINK they are safer, rather then actually safer?

*for instance scissors. You can't take a knife through the checkpoint, but you can take a pair of scissors (up to 7") through, and then unscrew the blades, and have... 2 knifes!! Or crack a CD/DVD in half and use the sharp edge. Or take a pair of steel knitting needles. Or....
 
2012-11-20 05:08:12 PM
imgs.xkcd.com

/oblig.
 
2012-11-20 05:13:06 PM

The Larch: GoGoGadgetLiver: You might be one of those people who just wants to take some inconsequential portion of the discussion that you understand to begin with then drive it into the ground so you can charlie sheen yourself.

You think that throwing someone in jail with a $150K bond is inconsequential?


I think someone being hauled off by police vs not hauled off by police is relevant. I think being released vs held without bond is relevant. I think probing security weaknesses at a checkpoint vs just being a harmless dumbass is relevant.

I do not think the dollar amount of the bond is consequential in light of these more important points. You seem to think the actual dollar amount of a bond is consequential and are willing to talk about it ad nauseum.
 
2012-11-20 05:41:45 PM

GoGoGadgetLiver: The Larch: GoGoGadgetLiver: You might be one of those people who just wants to take some inconsequential portion of the discussion that you understand to begin with then drive it into the ground so you can charlie sheen yourself.

You think that throwing someone in jail with a $150K bond is inconsequential?

I think someone being hauled off by police vs not hauled off by police is relevant. I think being released vs held without bond is relevant. I think probing security weaknesses at a checkpoint vs just being a harmless dumbass is relevant.

I do not think the dollar amount of the bond is consequential in light of these more important points. You seem to think the actual dollar amount of a bond is consequential and are willing to talk about it ad nauseum.


OK, I honestly have absolutely no idea what you're saying. I *think* what you're trying to say is that it seems perfectly fine to you for someone who isn't carrying a bomb on a plane be hauled away to jail, have a background and association check done, and then held so that they can't flee the country. We do this for safety, or something. And, you really don't give a damn if it costs then $15K to get out of jail again. Is that basically what you're saying? Or which parts am I missing?
 
2012-11-20 06:03:59 PM
Steampunk is the new hipster. Aka dumb asses.
 
2012-11-20 08:46:57 PM

OrangeSnapper: [upload.wikimedia.org image 474x480]

Is something "clearly an explosive device" simply because you don't know what it is? The TSA has all sorts of fancy, expensive magic tools to test for explosives. If they do find a suspicious looking electronic device such as this, protocol should be to detain the person long enough to test the object, then to let him go if it passed the test.

As far as I know, it is not against the law to fly with something that looks weird.


I think they tested his bags and something turned up positive for explosive residue
 
2012-11-21 12:13:17 AM
TSA = MORONS
 
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