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Man Who Tweeted Airport Bomb Hoax is Charged

In January, Paul Chambers was planning a little holiday to Ireland to escape the bucketloads of snow that had been dumped on England. The week before he was due to fly, he began to worry that his flight would be canceled because of the snow. "Robin Hood airport is closed," he tweeted. "You've got a week and a bit to get your shit together, otherwise I'm blowing the airport sky high!!"

A week later Chambers was brought into the police station under the Terrorism Act and questioned for 7 hours. "I had to explain Twitter to them in its entirety because they'd never heard of it," Chambers told the Independent at the time. "Then they asked all about my home life, and how work was going, and other personal things. The lead investigator kept asking, 'Do you understand why this is happening?' and saying, 'It is the world we live in'."

Chambers was released on bail; and this week police said the 26-year-old man has been charged with sending a menacing message.

The Independent cites a police spokesperson as saying, "A 26-year-old Doncaster man has been charged with sending by a public communications network a message that was grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character contrary to Section 127 of the Communications Act 2003."

A force spokesman said Chambers is set to stand before a court of law today.