I FEEL SAFER ALREADY
Dodd Harris reports on the more silliness at TSA. It seems a 17-year-old had the following note inside his luggage:
”[Expletive] you. Stay the [expletive] out of my bag you [expletive] sucker. Have you found a [expletive] bomb yet? No, just clothes. Am I right? Yea, so [expletive] you.”
He has been charged with a felony bomb threat. As Dodd notes,
Leaving aside the First Amendment implications of being arrested for the content of a piece of paper one has inside one’s luggage, “Have you found a… bomb yet? No, just clothes. Am I right?” seems to me to all but explicitly state, ‘There is not a bomb in this bag!’ Which, at least as I understand the English language, is the precise opposite of making a bomb threat.
I understand the difficulty of the job these guys are being asked to do and even their impatience with wiseacres. But this strikes me as a rather harmless and amusing little prank. And certainly far short of criminal.