Twitter Lesson of the Day: Do not Joke About Blowing up an Airport

By Jamie Pert - Jan 20, 2010

A British man has recently found out the hard way that threatening to blow up an airport on Twitter can land you in trouble.

Paul Chambers was planning to travel to Ireland on January 15th, however upon hearing that his airport was closed he wrote this on his Twitter, “Robin Hood airport is closed,” and added “You’ve got a week and a bit to get your shit together, otherwise I’m blowing the airport sky high!!”

Whilst most of his Twitter followers understood that this was simply a joke, someone took the threat the wrong way, this resulted in Mr Chambers being contacted by the police.

Mr Chambers was then arrested under the Terrorism Act, he has now been released on bail until February 11th, however his laptop, iPhone and home computer have been seized.

Mr Chambers has now received a lifetime ban from the Robin Hood airport, personally I understand why the police took a solid stance and I agree thee joke was in bad taste, however it seems very obvious to me that it has been ‘blown’ out of proportion.

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