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Today on Boing Boing TV, Xeni talks with Star Simpson, the former MIT student who ran afoul of Logan Airport security when she wore a breadboard on her sweatshirt to the airport and was mistaken for a suicide bomber. I hate when that happens!


Star Simpson’s first interview on the Boston airport LED sweatshirt scare.

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.


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  1. Anonymous says:

    Land of the free??? Home of the brave????

    how about…

    Land of the pathetic, home of the weak….

  2. Anonymous says:

    bread board on shirt not exactly aesthetically pleasing.

  3. JacqueChadall says:

    There’s more to the story than that interview shows. Saying she was mistaken for a suicide bomber is a bit extreme. She was assessed as posing a security threat. People who don’t understand electronics wouldn’t understand what was on the breadboard and that it was no threat. Also at the time she was detained she was holding play-doh in her hand. She was also belligerent and uncooperative with authorities. It was like she was doing her best to be perceived as a threat so she could get all high-and-mighty when it actually happened. I don’t agree at all with most of the extreme security situations and the over reactions happening, but come-on, have some common sense. Might as well walk up to the president, point at him and yell “BANG”, it’s going to get a negative reaction and you shouldn’t be surprised when it happens.

    –JacqueChadall

  4. Anonymous says:

    Actually, not even “the authorities” claimed that she was belligerent and uncooperative. Just the opposite: the state police claimed it was only because she behaved cooperatively that she didn’t end up “in the morgue”.

  5. meh says:

    @comment #2: she’s an engineer by training, not an artist. what do you expect? us engineers find the most awkward things attractive ;D

    @comment #4: where’s the transcript? i’d like to see some account of the happenings other than her own.

    to me, the whole thing just seems weird. but at the end of the day, nobody blew up, nobody got shot, and all we get to do is marvel at another precious MIT student that will no doubt go on to stupendous things in life. kudos to star for not adding this to her resume though.

  6. Anonymous says:

    @comment #5: If you Google ["Star Simpson" morgue] you’ll find the quote in many sources, with other claims made by the police at the time. One example: http://edition.cnn.com/2007/US/09/21/bomb.hoax/

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