A teenager had to face the Federal Police at Melbourne Airport after he made jokes about blowing up Sydney Airport through social networking site Twitter.
The teen, Anthony Palazzolo, 17 years old, posted a couple of tweets threatening the airport, including the following:
“I’m actually determined to bomb Sydney airport it’s actually so s—. Melbourne’s airport is legit perfection compared to this. whOOPS,” a tweet that was posted just before he boarded a Jetstar flight with his parents, returning from a European family holiday.
He also tweeted: “Petition to burn down Sydney airport.”
Palazzolo was escorted out of the airplane by Federal Police officers of Australia; apparently, his tweets got the attention of the police authorities. Furthermore, he said: “Why does Sydney airport exist? It’s so unorganized I want to stab myself,” and “Sydney Airport needs to sTOP It’s so busy I can’t breaTHE.”
Authorities found out the teenager was flying from Sydney to Melbourne, and just before passengers were un-boarded after the plane landed on Melbourne Airport, the Federal Police came in to escort him out.
The Transport Security Act states that anyone who threatens blowing up an airport can go to jail. However, the officers have released the boy without charge, as they have determined that the tweets were hoaxes.
The same thing happened in 2010 when Paul Chambers, from the United Kingdom, sent a threatening tweet after one of the airports had to close due to heavy snowing.
Chambers tweeted: “Cr-p! 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!!”
The conviction was overturned in July 2011.