From Yahoo! News, Thursday, 10:17 AM ET:
British author J.K. Rowling says she won an argument with airport security officials in New York to carry the manuscript of the final "Harry Potter" book as carryon baggage.
She certainly said nothing about having "won an argument" with airport security officials, but sloppy journalism appears to be the order of the day when it comes to this story, and Yahoo! is simply complying, as is every other news source. But at 6:28 PM ET Thursday night, The Yahoo! article was republished (without any other changes, as far as I can tell) to add the following paragraph:
America's Transportation Security Administration has "never implemented a ban on carryon luggage for flights originating in the United States," TSA spokeswoman Amy Kudwa said. "A manuscript would certainly be allowed to be carried on."
How nice. Somebody finally did a little research on this story by making a simple phone call. No, it's not much, but it's the only attempt anyone has made to verify the truth of J.K. Rowling's "run-in" with airport security personnel.
Please understand that I'm not calling J.K. Rowling a liar. I'm just suggesting that her words were misinterpreted. Is nobody going to ask her what, if anything, actually happened at the airport?
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