A British man who said on Twitter that he would blow up an airport if his flight was delayed by snow was convicted Monday of sending a threatening message and made to pay 1,000 pounds ($1,500).
Paul Chambers, 26, insisted his post on the micro-blogging site was a joke. But a judge at Doncaster Magistrates Court in northern England found him guilty of sending an offensive, indecent, obscene or menacing message over a public telecommunications network.
District Judge Jonathan Bennett said the message “was of a menacing nature in the context of the times in which we live.” He ordered Chambers to pay the fine and court costs.
Chambers was arrested in January after he posted the message saying he would blow up Robin Hood Airport near the large town of Doncaster “sky high” if his flight, due to leave in a week’s time, was delayed.
Chambers, from Doncaster, said he made the post when the airport was closed by snow and he feared his travel plans would be disrupted.