Venezuelan neurosurgeon Manuel Alvarado fined $100k over 'knucklehead' bomb threat

Updated: 08 Jun 2015
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Dr Manuel Alvarado told a member of staff that he had a bomb in his bag


A neurosurgeon has been fined almost $US100,000 after making a hoax bomb threat while queuing up in an airport.


Dr Manuel Alberto Alvarado of Venezuela, told staff at Miami International Airport that there was a bomb in one of his bags last year.

The ensuing arrest and security response, which took around three hours, reportedly cost the airport $140 a minute; suffice to say, airport officials were less than amused.

"People make these stupid comments all the time and they think it's cute and at this airport, if you want to be cute, I will show you what cute looks like," MIA Director Emilio Gonzalez told the media after the settlement with Dr Alvardo on Friday.

"You cost us money. Your stupid comments have an effect, it interrupted our operations, you inconvenienced our passengers and, you know what, you're going to write me a cheque."

In addition to the fine, which will cover some of the airport's costs, Dr Alvarado will face civil penalties.

Prosecutors say they will not pursue criminal charges.




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