Obviously if his name sounded even slightly Arabic, he’d already be judged and convicted by many (Self-identify there as you may).
An Oklahoma man told federal investigators he forgot a pipe bomb he built for fun was in his luggage when tried to board an airplane, according to court documents released Thursday.
Charles Alfred Dreyling Jr., 24, was charged Thursday with trying to carry the bomb aboard a Delta Airlines flight from Oklahoma City to Atlanta on Wednesday, according to the documents.
From my POV we have to believe that the man was smart enough to put together a bomb that could be detonated with a cell phone battery but stupid enough not to think that, oh, let’s say, it may not be appreciated on a plane.
Or he was going to blow up something in a “not-nice” way? And just how much damage could a pipe-bomb do to a plane? Answer: A nice big hole in the side. Depending on the elevation of the plane, that’s pretty much a death warrant.
Who thinks the man deserves the possible 10 years in jail and/or $250,000 fine?
Even if the man was not threatening to blow up anything, shouldn’t there be some serious punishment for gross stupidity?
If you want greater context: Last Friday a mere piece of paper with a bomb threat was found on a Southwest Airlines plane, bound for Houston, which prompted an emergency landing and evacuation. And the San Antonio man who did that is facing five years and a $250,000 fine.
Or the “nice man” who threw his backpack at an Amtrak train in Penn. Station shouting “bomb” and faces 21 years.