Left: Hooded sweatshirt of Star Simpson that created an airport furor
By now most of you have heard about Star Simpson, the 19-year-old Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) student who walked into Boston's Logan International Airport on Friday with what has been described as a fake bomb strapped to her chest.
Simpson claimed that the black hooded sweatshirt, which featured a computer circuit board with battery-operated, flashing green lights, was actually created to get attention at Career Day.
State police, who were called to Logan by an airport employee, arrested Simpson outside Terminal C and charged her with disorderly conduct and with "possession of a hoax device." Simpson pleaded not guilty to the charges and was released on a $750 personal bond.
On Star Simpson's website, she described herself as "an inventor, artist, engineer, and student," as well as a person who loves "to build things and I love crazy ideas." Check, check, check, check, and check to all of the above.
Still, if indeed Simpson did not intend to pull a prank on adrenalinized airport police at Logan, she certainly qualifies as someone who is a bit daft. While one might make a case that Massachusetts police overreacted, Simpson should have enough common sense to recognize that airports in the post-9/11 world have become hyper-vigilant fortresses with security personnel prepared to kill.
So the world awaits, with semi-bated breath, the first post-jail interview with Star Simpson to get a look at the young woman who came close to taking a few 7.62 mm caliber rounds to the head with her choice in fashion today.