MIT student arrested for wearing circuit fashion

Electrical engineering sweatshirt mistaken for bomb by Logan Airport authorities brings gunpoint arrest.

Once, again, Boston has been subjected to a bomb scare concerning an odd circuit board.

Star Simpson, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology student, was arrested at gunpoint Friday morning at Logan Airport when authorities suspected she had a bomb strapped to her chest.

Simpson was wearing a black sweatshirt that had a circuit board with wires, green LED lights and a 9-volt battery attached to it. When an airport employee asked about her shirt, Simpson walked away without answering so the employee called the authorities, the Boston Globe has reported.

The back of Simpson's sweatshirt said "socket to me...Course VI," a reference to MIT's electrical engineering and computer science program.Simpson is a second-year student in the electrical engineering and computer science department of MIT's School of Engineering, according to the MIT Web site.

It is unclear whether Simpson was wearing the circuit board sweatshirt to intentionally provoke an incident.

Simpson was not immediately available for comment.

Last January, Boston authorities shut down several streets after people noticed circuit boards with lights throughout various parts of the city. They turned out to be part of an .

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