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January 27, 2010

A comment posted on a social networking site put one office worker in the hot seat with his employer, and the law.

"Robin Hood airport is closed, you've got a week and a bit to get it together, otherwise I'm blowing the airport sky high!!"

On January 6, 2010, a man in the UK was arrested and interrogated for this comment, which he had posted (or “tweeted,” rather) on Twitter as a “joke.” To his surprise, the police didn't get it. He was shocked when local detectives arrived at his office on January 13 th . They were warned about the post by a member of the public, and came to tell him that he was being arrested under the Terrorism Act passed by the UK in 2006.

"My first thought upon hearing it was the police was that perhaps a member of my family had been in an accident," he said. "Then they said I was being arrested under the Terrorism Act and produced a piece of paper. It was a print-out of my Twitter page. That was when it dawned on me."

The man posted the comment out of frustration after receiving news that Robin Hood Airport was closed due to heavy snowfall, which had the potential to ruin his plans to fly to Ireland on January 15 th . Unfortunately for him, this comment ended up costing him a lot more than a plane ticket. Once he was released on bail, he was suspended from work pending an internal investigation, and was banned from the airport for life. The police confiscated his iPhone, laptop, and home computer. On February 11 th the court will decide whether or not he will be charged with conspiring to create a bomb hoax.

Source: The Independent

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