Related topics
  • ,
  • ,
  • ,

MIT student walks into airport wearing circuit board and wires

What's the worst that can happen?

An MIT student was arrested at gunpoint today at Boston's Logan International Airport after she entered the building wearing a black hoodie with a computer circuit board and wiring attached.

Star Simpson, 19, claimed she was just at the airport to pick up her boyfriend, and was charged with possessing a hoax bomb device.

"She said that it was a piece of art and she wanted to stand out on career day," said State Police Major Scott Pare at a press conference. "She claims that it was just art, and that she was proud of the art and she wanted to display it."

Simpson, who is a sophomore in electrical engineering at MIT, wore a circuit board with nine lights over a hoodie and was inexplicably grasping a hand full of Play-Doh. When she entered the airport at approximately 8:40 a.m., officials said, she asked an airline employee where she could meet a plane from Oakland. The employee contacted the police — who promptly gave her directions to the floor.

"Thankfully, because she followed instructions as required, she ended up in a cell as opposed to the morgue," Pare said. "Had she not followed the instructions, deadly force may have been used."

Simpson entered a not guilty plea at her arraignment in East Boston District Court and was released on $750 bail. She could face up to five years in prison or a $5,000 fine if convicted.

The back of the hoodie in question reads "Socket To Me / COURSE VI." This refers to her major in Electrical engineering and computer science at MIT.

ABC News has a picture of Simpson and her hoodie, which you can view here.

If Boston can be terrorized by Lite-Brite Mooninites, chances are walking into the airport with circuitry attached isn't a good idea. ®

Sponsored: 5 critical considerations for enterprise cloud backup