Charges Dropped Against Traveler With Penis Pump
POSTED: 7:13 am CDT September 14, 2006
CHICAGO -- All charges have been dropped against a man who said an airport security guard mistakenly thought he said he had a bomb in his backpack.
Mardin Amin, 29, has said he told a guard at O'Hare International Airport that the object was a "pump" -- for his penis. But his attorney has said that the guard misunderstood Amin as saying it was a "bomb."
Amin's attorney also said that he whispered to the guard because he was traveling with his mother and didn't want to be embarrassed in front of her, since he was carrying a sexual device.
Amin had been charged with felony disorderly conduct and faced up to three years in prison if convicted.
Prosecutors chose to follow the lead of the Transportation Safety Administration, which recently concluded that the matter did not warrant prosecution, said Cook County state's attorney spokesman John Gorman.