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    Man with strange watch arrested at Calif. airport

    A Southern California man was arrested at Oakland International Airport after security officers found him wearing an unusual watch they said could be used to make a timing device for a bomb, authorities said Friday.

    Geoffrey McGann, 49, of Rancho Palos Verdes was taken into custody Thursday night after he tried to pass through airport security with an ornate watch that had switches, wires and fuses, according to Sgt. J.D. Nelson, a spokesman for the Alameda County Sheriff's Department.

    A bomb squad arrived within five minutes and determined there were no explosive materials in the watch, Nelson said. The checkpoint was closed while officers secured the area.

    McGann was taken to Santa Rita Jail in Dublin where he was charged with possessing materials to make an explosive device, sheriff's officials said. He was still in custody Friday night and could not be reached for comment.

    McGann told Transportation Security Administration officers that he's an artist and the watch is art, Nelson said.

    While no actual explosives were found, McGann was carrying potentially dangerous materials and appeared to have made alterations to his boots, which were unusually large and stuffed with layers of insoles, Nelson said.

    Read more: Man with strange watch arrested at Calif. airport, charged with having bomb-making materials | Fox News
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    Re: Man with strange watch arrested at Calif. airport

    Quote Originally Posted by Mycroft View Post
    While I think the TSA is, many times, heavy-handed and unreasonable with their actions...I believe they made the right call in this case. It looks to me like Geoffrey McGann was making a dry-run. He needs to be investigated.
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    Re: Man with strange watch arrested at Calif. airport

    Quote Originally Posted by Mycroft View Post
    While I think the TSA is, many times, heavy-handed and unreasonable with their actions...I believe they made the right call in this case. It looks to me like Geoffrey McGann was making a dry-run. He needs to be investigated.
    Or could have been another passenger got through with the explosive and was waiting for the device. Or the dude could just be a steampunk. However, that they just didn't confiscate the watch but instead went to the extreme of filing charges tells us there's probably more to the story.

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    Re: Man with strange watch arrested at Calif. airport

    Perhaps he's an eccentric and short artist who uses multiple insoles and large boots for obvious compensation reasons.

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    Re: Man with strange watch arrested at Calif. airport

    Could also just be a starving artist who decided to purposefully get arrested for his art so he could create some business off the free publicity.

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    Re: Man with strange watch arrested at Calif. airport

    Quote Originally Posted by Mycroft View Post
    While I think the TSA is, many times, heavy-handed and unreasonable with their actions...I believe they made the right call in this case. It looks to me like Geoffrey McGann was making a dry-run. He needs to be investigated.
    A funny looking watch does not warrant an arrest.I hope the man sues the **** out of TSA for this ****.
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    Re: Man with strange watch arrested at Calif. airport

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    A funny looking watch does not warrant an arrest.I hope the man sues the **** out of TSA for this ****.
    My watch has fuses and looks exactly like a detonator, and I have giant stuffed boots. So? I didn't expect that to be a problem.



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    Re: Man with strange watch arrested at Calif. airport

    Apparently no one thought to take a picture of this strange watch and include it with the story.

    I'd really like to see a watch that could take down an airliner.
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    Re: Man with strange watch arrested at Calif. airport

    Fuses as in electrical fuses? Or fuses as in light me and i trail fire to the boom-boom fuses?

    There isnt a picture of the watch because it doesnt look like bomb related material.
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    Re: Man with strange watch arrested at Calif. airport

    Quote Originally Posted by ecofarm View Post
    My watch has fuses and looks exactly like a detonator, and I have giant stuffed boots. So? I didn't expect that to be a problem.
    :rolleyes
    Do you have a picture of this alleged detonator watch and with clearly identifiable fuses on it?
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