Travel Company Surf Patch Commented on the Lack of Prosecution of an Airport Bomb Suspect, Questing Passengers Ability to Flyclear

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Following an article on the lack of prosecution of an airport bomb suspect, Surf Patch commented on the safety hazards these actions may imply.

On November 26, 2012, travel company Surf Patch commented on a Columbus Dispatch article on the lack of prosecution of an airport bomb suspect, leading to the questioning of passengers ability to flyclear of danger.

According to the Columbus Dispatch article, “Alameda County prosecutors declined to file charges yesterday against an advertising industry luminary who was arrested last week at Oakland International Airport while wearing a watch that police said resembled a trigger device for a bomb.” The article mentions the reason for not prosecuting Geoffrey McGann was due to McGann’s attorney pointing out that the watch McGann wore at the airport was one of many art pieces he designed.

The article states that on top of the watch, McGann wore oversized shoes with hollowed out areas in the soles, and was released on $150,000 bail. According to McGann’s attorney Douglas Horngrad, “He posed no threat to anyone at any time. Some artists are eccentric.” However according to Sgt. J.D. Nelson, a sheriff’s spokesman, said, “Just because someone can make an artsy watch which looks like a timing switch for an IED, doesn’t mean it’s smart or logical to try to bring it on a plane.”

Travel company Surf Patch offered their aggravation at the decision to not prosecute McGann, stating that it prohibits the ability for passengers to flyclear of dangers. World traveler Takara Licausi stated, “Someone who wore a watch with fuses and wires and hollowed out soles either had malicious intent or never went through airport security before. To just drop this situation like Alameda County did is an airport security problem.”


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