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Fun things to do when flying…

Here’s a great thing to do for stress relief: Take several condoms and fill them with flour. Squeezing them is as good as those expensive items you can buy (as well as being a fun phallic gag).
Unfortunately, however, they actually increased the stress level for freshman Janet Lee at Bryn Mawr College.

In the space of a few hours on Dec. 21, 2003, Janet Lee landed in a Philadelphia jail cell, where she would remain for three weeks, held on $500,000 bail and facing 20 years in prison on drug charges.

All over flour found in her luggage.

The big questions are:

  • How is it that field tests conducted twice came up with results showing that the powder was a mix of opium, amphetamines, and cocaine?
  • How is it that officers and prosecutors believed that someone would mix those drugs together and then carry them in that quantity in un-swallowed condoms in their luggage through airport security? Isn’t this just odd enough for them to question the field tests before a defense attorney got involved and asked for expedited laboratory tests (which, of course, verified that it was flour)?
  • What bright person is going to get going on this and start marketing flour-filled-condom stress-relievers? I think it would be a big hit — everyone should carry them on flights.

Lee has filed a federal civil-rights lawsuit against city police.
Good.

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