If you are unhappy about your city airport, DO NOT TWEET about it!

By : |May 10, 2010 0

BANGALORE, INDIA: "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!" 26 year-old Trainee Accountant Paul Chambers sent this tweet to his 200-odd followers in January. The result? He is currently being convicted of a criminal offence, with a fine of £1,000 looming over him.

According to Guardian, news of his conviction at Doncaster magistrates court was, appropriately, broken by disappointed and angry tweets from friends and supporters. He was told by a district judge that his message was ‘of a menacing nature in the context of the times in which we live’.

The court heard that Chambers, like thousands of other travellers frustrated by the foul weather at the time, had simply suffered what they called ‘a moment of frustration’ because his plans to fly to Ireland — for a blind date with one of his Twitter contacts — looked ruined. He was arrested by anti-terror police at his office a week later, after an off-duty manager at Robin Hood airport, near Doncaster, found the message while doing an unrelated computer search.

Interestingly, the airport authoroties categorised the message as ‘not credible’ in threat terms but was obliged to tell South Yorkshire police, who took action.

Officers later deleted the tweet and impounded his iPhone and two computers. Chambers claimed after his arrest that he had to educate them on what Twitter was and how it worked.

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