Doctor Who Made Bomb Joke At Miami International Airport Fined Nearly $90,000
Better watch what you say the next time you are at the airport.
A doctor made a crack about a bomb in his luggage, but the joke didn’t go over to well with security. His quip caused an evacuation of Miami International airport and he was fined nearly $90,000.
Manuel Alvarado, 60, says he has had a “momentary lapse of reason in making these statements” but his remarks prompted costly evacuations and delays for airlines, and the police bomb squad responded. According to Alvarado’s lawyer Brian Bieber, the clueless traveler will have to pay an $89,172 fine.
Alvarado was on his way to Bogota on October 22 and right before getting on his Avianca flight he was asked the routine passenger questions by a security. Well, the Venezuelan doctor answered and said he was carrying C-4 explosives. (??) Of course, he tried to say he was only joking. But for airport security bombs are serious business.
“He is extremely remorseful. He had no intent to place anyone in fear. He made what turned out to be the worst mistake of his life,” Bieber said.
According to Business Insider, Alvaro made a deal to pay the fine before leaving the U.S. and have charges of making a false bomb threat and criminal mischief dropped.