Thursday, January 9, 2003

Don't Mix Shoes, Batteries, a Power Strip and Cracklin' Oat Bran

From, the latest tale of complete idiots cluttering the skies:

WASHINGTON (CNN) — A Maine couple’s attempt to make a political statement by rigging up a fake bomb in their checked luggage led to their arrest, officials said Thursday.

Paul Kenneth Donahue, 50, and Teresa Marie Wood, 46, had been scheduled to fly from San Jose, California, to Atlanta, Georgia, on Delta Flight 576 Tuesday. When their bags were put through a bomb detection machine, federal screeners found what turned out to be a snow boot with batteries, wires and an electrical power strip arranged in a suspicious way.

Screeners also found a note that read, “To the uniformed puppet opening this bag — congratulations. You’ve just brought this once free nation one step closer to becoming a fascist police state,” according to Transportation Security Administration spokesman Robert Johnson. The note was scribbled on one side of the cardboard torn from a box of Cracklin’ Oat Bran. [more…]

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