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A man was arrested last night at Miami International Airport (MIA) after making a bomb threat at Gate D29. The passenger got into an argument with the gate agent after being told that the plane had no more overhead bin space.
WSVN Miami reported that Rodrigo Prado Bernardi Martins was traveling on American Airlines Flight AA929 to São Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport (GRU). The gate agent informed him that they had run out of overhead space and needed to check his carry-on. An argument ensued and Martins requested a lock for his luggage before he would agree to check the bag. The gate agent told him that they did not provide locks. Martins then allegedly claimed he had a bomb inside his carry-on bag.
The agent stopped boarding and called the police. Martins was detained by law enforcement while bomb threat protocols were carried out to ensure the safety of the other passengers. Following the arrest, Martins was interviewed at the airport police station with the assistance of a CBP officer who translated Martins’ Portuguese. He was read his Miranda rights, but chose to waive them before explaining in English that he said that he did not have a bomb in his bag.
He now faces charges related to making a false bomb threat and creating a disturbance at the airport gate. Martins was transferred to Miami’s Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center (TGK).
The flight was delayed 30 minutes, but still landed one minute early.
Anthony’s Take: Bomb is never a word that should be said in an airport and especially while arguing with a gate agent. This was a dumb move on the part of this passenger and he’s in a heap of trouble as a result.
(Featured Image Credit: Miami Today.)
(Image Credit: WSVN Miami.)
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