In this day and age, it is not a good idea to make jokes about terrorism when traveling. It is especially stupid to carry dangerous banned items when traveling. But carrying explosives on to a plane as "souvenirs" was never a good idea, even before the age of terrorism.
A grand jury returned a two-count indictment charging Howard MacFarland Fish, 21, with carrying an explosive on an aircraft and entering an airport in violation of security requirements, U.S. Attorney Don DeGabrielle said in a news release on Wednesday.
Fish, a student at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania, was stopped at Houston Intercontinental Airport on August 25 on his way home from Argentina. Customs inspectors found a small stick of dynamite, a fuse and a blasting cap in his bags.
He told investigators he had picked up the items as souvenirs while visiting a silver mine in Argentina.
Carrying an explosive on an aircraft is a felony carrying maximum possible penalties of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 (132,544 pound) fine. Violating airport security is a misdemeanor carrying a maximum year in prison and a $100,000 fine,
I posted about this arrest back in August. This is a dumb, seriously dumb move.