I think its a bit much

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    Teacher Arrested After Bookmark Called Concealed Weapon

    TAMPA, Fla. -- A weight may soon be lifted off a Maryland woman charged with carrying a concealed weapon in an airport.

    It wasn't a gun or a knife. It was a weighted bookmark.

    Kathryn Harrington was flying home from vacation last month when screeners at the Tampa, Fla., airport found her bookmark. It's an 8.5-inch leather strip with small lead weights at each end.

    Airport police said it resembled a weighted weapon that could be used to knock people unconscious. So the 52-year-old special education teacher was handcuffed, put into a police car, and charged with carrying a concealed weapon.

    She faced a possible criminal trial and a $10,000 fine. But the state declined to prosecute, and the Transportation Security Administration said it probably won't impose a fine.

    Harrington said she'll never again carry her bookmark into an airport.

    nah, we're not getting out of hand yet, are we?
     
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    I'm amazed at the stupidity seen time-and-again in our 'security' personnel.


    (sigh)...Pitiful.
     
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    Agreed... I think this is less of a problem of the laws on the books as it is with morons working for the TSA.
     
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    While they are arresting a poor teacher for carrying a weighted bookmark onto an airplane, the real terrorists are probably hauling nuclear dirty bomb material daily across our borders.

    It's like we have the front and back doors shut tight but all the windows are open. Homeland Security? Hardly.
     

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