I think she was very very lucky to get off so lightly. I hope this is a warning to others not to make such stupid remarks at an airport.
'Bomb joke' student walks free
A British student who was arrested at an American airport after joking she had a bomb in her bags, has walked free from court.
Samantha Marson, 21, was spared a custodial sentence after agreeing to give about £650 to the families of the victims of the September 11 attacks.
She was charged with making a false bomb report, and could have faced as much as 15 years in prison.
Miss Marson, originally from Bridgnorth, Shropshire, spent four nights in jail in Miami after making the joke during a baggage check at Miami International Airport.
She was about to board a British Airways flight to London on 17 January when she told an official: "Hey be careful, I have three bombs in here."
Asked to repeat herself, she repeated the same statement twice and was arrested and charged.
After being bailed from Miami Dade County Jail four days later, she said she was "really very sorry".
"This is a warning for everybody who wants to play stupid jokes not to do that. I wasn't thinking, that was my problem," she said.
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Published: 2004/02/04 15:34:58 GMT