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article imageNeurosurgeon finds out the hard way — No bomb jokes when flying

By Karen Graham     Dec 2, 2014 in Crime
A Venezuelan neurosurgeon has learned the hard way that it's not nice to joke about bombs in an airport, ever. Dr. Manuel Alvarado has agreed to pay more than $89,000 for joking about a bomb in his luggage in October.
On October 22, 60-year-old Dr. Manuel Alvarado was preparing to board a flight to Bogota, Colombia when an Avianca ticket agent asked if he had any explosives in his luggage. According to the Miami Herald, the doctor replied, “C-4.” The airline employee asked if C-4 was a gun. Alvarado explained it was an explosive. Naturally, the Miami-Dade police were called.
The doctor's remark, even though it was made in jest, shut down two concourses at Miami International Airport for over four hours, delaying thousands of passengers and five airlines. Even though the doctor kept insisting to investigators that he was just joking, and no explosives were found, he was arrested.
Alvarado's attorney said the doctor was "sleep deprived" that day. “I feel very ashamed and sorry for that stupid thing I said,” Alvarado wrote in a confession. “I am very, very sorry.”
Prosecutors have agreed to not file criminal charges for making a false bomb threat and criminal mischief. In turn Alvarado agreed to pay a total of $89,172.53, with $84,000 going to the five airlines that ended up delaying flights because of the bomb scare. The rest will go to the Miami-Dade Police Department, which had to deploy their bomb squad to search the doctor's luggage.
“I commend the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office for evaluating the facts and making the right decision,” said Dr. Alvarado's defense attorney, Brian Bieber.
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