Carrying a concealed bookmark

A 52-year-old special education teacher will not be charged with carrying a “concealed weapon” — a weighted bookmark — in an airport.

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.

Harrington was handcuffed and taken away in a police car; she faced criminal charges and a hefty fine. Now she’s off the hook.

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  1. You’re a 52-year-old special ed teacher with a really big heavy dangerous bookmark. Hands behind your back. Next? You’re a 27-year-old citizen of Yemen. Oh, no need to check you. That would be racial profiling. Enjoy your flight.

  2. I certainly don’t feel any safer, but at least the lines don’t move as slowly as they used to. The silliness is unabated — in Pittsburg over Labor Day I noticed one young woman that was pulled out of line and wanded and it was clear that it was because of rings on her toes. I hoped that she wasn’t wearing and underwire bra, too, since she’d never get out of there — however, I never found out because I went through painlessly…

  3. Sounds about right all along; an 8.5″ piece of leather with lead weights on the ends does, in fact, closely resemble a sap (aka cosh, aka blackjack), which is a bona-fide weapon (and banned in more’n a few places, as I understand it).

    Likewise, being released with no charges after the situation is explained sounds perfectly correct.

  4. Gee, Sigivaid:

    1. No notice that this innocuous item (see http://lizditz.typepad.com/i_speak_of_dreams/2004/09/more_criminalit.html) widely marketed to people with hand problems due to arthritis) is banned.

    2. “Secret” lists of banned items

    3. Woman forced to hire an attorney and rebook her flight–at a significant cost–without any recompense from the government.

    “Perfectly correct?” Sounds like a police state to me. Security theater–burdens on citizens without significantly increasing security.