According to Japanese security officials quoted by CBS, Harris managed to slip through Japanese security because he looked neither jittery nor sheepish. We didn't realize those were the standards for when someone should be considered a security risk. We were kind of hoping that, in addition to preventing jittery and sheepish terrorists from boarding planes, officers were also on the look out for terrorists who are calm and confident. Apparently not so much.
Harris was in federal court yesterday and is being charged with transporting hazardous material. Just the smoke grenade could have filled an entire airplane cabin with smoke and started a fire, so "hazardous material" seems like an accurate description. It's hard to imagine him avoiding some sort of conviction and the charge carries a maximum prison sentence of five years.
He's just lucky that it's not illegal to make Japanese airport security look like tools, because if anything that's an even more open-and-shut case than the hazardous material charge. Seriously. If this guy managed to get on an airplane, who exactly are they stopping?
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