Airline Passenger Tweets Bomb Threat, Gets Arrested

January 18, 2010, By Radimir Bobev


Paul Chambers, a finance supervisor from England, was getting frustrated at the airport, which caused him to make an angry post on his Twitter account. The post in question stated “Crap! Robin Hood airport is closed. You’ve got a week and a bit to get your s*** together, otherwise I’m blowing the airport sky high.”

Of course, the post was merely a joke spiced up with some canned up anger, but the police didn’t share his sense of humor – on January 13, Paul was arrested on terrorism charges – when he tried to explain the situation to the officers that had come to arrest him, they didn’t seem to even know what Twitter was.

The cherry on top of everything is that, apart from being interrogated and treated as a terrorist, Paul had his iPhone and all of his computers confiscated. Fun, no? The Twitter post was, of course deleted, but this still leaves the question of how little it takes for the government to start messing with your personal life in today’s supposedly developed society.

[ Via Gizmodo ]

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