Paul Chambers, a man from South Yorkshire was convicted of making a joke on Twitter about blowing up an airport. ?Robin Hood airport is closed. You?ve got a week and a bit to get your s**t together, otherwise I?m blowing the airport sky high!!? said Chambers in his tweet.
He meant it as a joke, but Judge Jacqueline Davis dismissed his appeal to the original sentence. He was hit with a £1,000 fine. Chambers was also ordered to pay £2,000 for the legal bills. He lost his job as a result of the arrest too. Many people are protesting on Twitter by writing the exact same tweet with the hashtag #IAmSpartacus. Even Stephen Fry decided to pay the fines for him.
The moral of the story is to not use the words “blow up,” “blowing,” “bomb,” etc. and “airport” in the same sentence on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or anywhere else that you publish public thoughts. Ever since September 2001, airport security has no longer become a joke.