The person in the pic is named Paul Chambers. During the recent heavy snow, he found his travel plans messed with. He sent a twitter round his mates. It read as follows:
'Robin Hood airport is closed. You've got a week and a bit to get your shit together, otherwise I'm blowing the airport sky high!!'
Not the wittiest thing in the universe, but not to be taken seriously by any sensible person. Robibn Hood airport, of which I was previously happily oblivious, is Britain's newest airport and also describes itself as Doncaster Sheffield airport.
Last Wednesday 'after apparently receiving a tip-off from a member of the public' police arrived at Mr Chambers' place of work and arrested him under the Terrorism Act! I can almost hear the flat footfall of plod from here. He is then questioned for seven hours, a great deal of the time being taken up by Mr Chambers explaining Twitter to the bemused constabulary who had never heard of it. A lot of personal questioning followed with the lead investigator enquiring 'Do you understand why this is happening?' and announcing, 'It is the world we live in'. He has now been bailed and had his iPhone, laptop and home computer confiscated.
Mr Chambers was suspended from work and banned for life from Robin Hood airport (a ban most people would view with equanimity).
Okay - he hasn't covered himself in glory. Not the brightest thing to do. But how long does it take to work out that this was a lame joke and not a serious terrorist incident?
Several seconds, I would imagine. About the same time as it would take to tell him this was less than inspired and best not to do it again.
Or even a serious bomb hoax, which Mr Chambers may yet be prosecuted for.
Clunking, boneheaded authoritarianism by numbers!
Hat Tip to Jailhouse Lawyer
A quick blast of Maggie's Farm seems appropriate
On a completely different topic, here is an informative sign with Hat Tip to Sarcastic Bastard.