Man charged over airport-bombing tweet

A man who sent a frustrated tweet to his followers, threatening to blow up an airport in the United Kingdom, is charged with sending a threatening communication.

Last month, Paul Chambers revealed a little of his frustration on the modern public-access broadcasting network known as Twitter. On Friday, he will be appearing in court to answer for that frustration.

Chambers is the chap who, in January, was choked with concern that he would not be able to vacation in Ireland because his local airport, Robin Hood in Doncaster, United Kingdom, was snowbound.

Naturally, he tweeted. Perhaps slightly less naturally, he tweeted what appeared to be a bomb threat: "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!!"

At the time of his arrest, Chambers claimed that he had to explain Twitter to the police, as they didn't seem entirely au fait with the phenomenon.

A snowy view of Chambers' hometown, Doncaster. CC Al Green/Flickr

However, according to the Independent, he has now been charged with "sending by a public communications network a message that was grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character contrary to Section 127 of the Communications Act 2003."

It is not known how police got to read his tweet--all they have said is that they acted on a tip. But Chambers, who insists that he was only kidding, is due to appear in court Friday.

He has already been suspended from his job in finance, banned from Robin Hood airport for life, and had his laptop confiscated, as well as his iPhone. He tweeted his technological angst February 1: "I've found a way to tweet through my PS3, however it is slow, cumbersome and akin to being repeatedly stabbed in the face. How are we?"

This was shortly followed by: "Ah crap, looks like I can't reply to people, so hey to everyone who said hi. A laptop! A laptop! My kingdom for a laptop!"

One only wishes that Chambers were allowed to tweet his thoughts from the courtroom. It might be a rather instructive experience.

 

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