A few days ago, Southern Californian man Geoffrey McGann was arrested at Oakland International Airport after TSA officials believed his watch could be a timing device for a bomb.
McGann, 49, was going through the scanners when officials noticed his bespoke watch, which had fuses, wires and switches and thought it suspicious. The bomb squad were alerted and arrived at the scene within minutes. They determined that there were no explosives in the area – however McGann was still arrested and charged with possessing materials to make an explosive device.
He was taken to Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, Sgt. J.D Nelson a spokesman for the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department said that he told TSA officers that he is an artist and that the watch was one of his projects, however the decision was made to arrest him and investigate further.
Nelson said that whilst no explosives were discovered on McGann’s person – he was still carrying potentially dangerous materials and had made unusual alterations to his boots that were strangely large and filled with layer upon layer of insoles.
McGann remains in custody and cannot be reached for comment. According to the Huffington Post, A profile for a person named Geoffrey McGann is listed on LinkedIn.com and cites him as the owner and creative director of a media company called Generator Content. It also states that he attended the Art College Center of Design in Pasadena in the mid 80s.
So what do you think, is this more TSA madness, or were their suspicions justified – artist or terrorist? Leave a comment and let us know your thoughts.