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By Michelle Malkin  •  September 17, 2004 03:25 PM

Unbelievable: Maryland Teacher Faces Possible $10,000 Fine For Bookmark

Kathryn Harrington, 52, of Laurel, Md., was flying home from vacation last month when airport screeners found her bookmark.

They thought the 8?-inch leather strap, with small lead weights at each end, resembled a weapon that could be used to knock people unconscious.

Airport police charged the teacher with carrying a concealed weapon. She was handcuffed and put into a police car.

The AP story reports that Harrington will probably not face a possible $10,000 TSA fine, but I have a source who indicates otherwise. More as it develops…

Correction (5:55 pm): I erred. Mineta is Secretary of Transportation, of course, not head of the TSA.

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