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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
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2012-11-20 11:23:52 AM  
2 votes:
TSA Agents couldn't get him to Tock.
2012-11-20 10:36:38 AM  
2 votes:
Good way to get TSA ticked off . .
2012-11-20 10:31:20 AM  
2 votes:

dustygrimp: My neighbors are hipsters. It's like a theater of the absurd.

Are hipsters sort of like Urban Rednecks?
2012-11-20 01:28:39 PM  
1 vote:
TSA rule #1
Don't bring your own props to the security theater.
2012-11-20 11:00:31 AM  
1 vote:
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"It looked like a bum."

2012-11-20 10:52:47 AM  
1 vote:
Oh, and if it's "stupid" to wear a non-dangerous watch which doesn't appear dangerous except to the most undereducated buffoons known to man, then contained within the statement that it is stupid is the tacit admission that policing is done by fools, and that the rules are arbitrary, and that there is so much grey area around the rules that they aren't rules at all, at least, not the kind that protect anyone from anything. You would have to admit that such a society would be adequately described by the following : " That which is not prohibited is mandatory, and for all exceptions there is a permit, license, or other form of controls."

If we prohibit dangerous items, items which are crafted to appear dangerous, OR items that the policeman doesn't understand, shouldn't we endeavor to choose policemen who are understanding of the fundamentals of our society? If they are to judge harmless electronic devices from dangerous ones, shouldn't they understand that fuses are not incendiaries or explosives? Shouldn't they know that toggle switches are not dangerous? Why do we tolerate being policed by undereducated thugs and then call this a free country?

It's not a bomb look-alike. It's an electronics look-alike, and home-crafting of electronics only implies danger in the minds of people who live within a technological society but deliberately remain completely ignorant of the very technology that separates humans from apes. People who know nothing of technology are ape parasites on a technological society, and their rules, their judgements, and their opinions on technology should be ridiculed as loudly as possible and as openly as is practical.

Idiocracy was right. This is an idiocracy, a society governed by idiots, and it's a democracy, which means those idiots are all around you.
2012-11-20 10:52:11 AM  
1 vote:
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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.
2012-11-20 10:51:25 AM  
1 vote:
The attorney said if McGann had planned to use the watch to detonate a device on the airplane, he would have hidden it instead of wearing it.

It was hidden... in plain sight.

He said that when McGann went to the Oakland airport, he "acted consistently with his character, which is that of a commercial artist and teacher."

I don't know what that means. Was he annoying people and ripping them off, or trying to figure out which kids to diddle?
2012-11-20 10:45:57 AM  
1 vote:

Once upon a time (long before 2011) I tried to go through airport security with one of these in my hand:

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The security guard said, "I don't think so."

I went and had a drink at the bar and put the box in my carryon bag. Went through (a different) security later with no problem.

2012-11-20 10:41:07 AM  
1 vote:
His watch is the bomb.
2012-11-20 10:39:44 AM  
1 vote:
Performance art? Nah, that would have been if he stood up on the plane with his hand on the switch and 50 passengers beat him to death and the coroner said oh, it's only a watch, it wasn't attached to anything, give him a round of applause.
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