Earlier today, a man learned the hard way that, no matter how funny your joke might be, it's never a good idea to make it if it's subject is dynamite and you're in an airport. When a TACA Airlines agent asked Alejandro Hurtado if he was carrying any hazardous materials, Hurtado joked that he packed dynamite in his luggage.
Hurtado answered that he had dynamite in the baggage, and the ticket agent asked him again if he had dynamite in his bag, and he replied that he did and started laughing, the affidavit said.
"Once the Defendant was told that police were going to be called the Defendant stated that he was joking," the affidavit said.
His pleas didn't work, apparently, and a bomb squad arrived to search Hurtado's bag. After determining there were no explosives, authorities arrested and charged him with falsely reporting a bomb at an airport. Part of the concourse was also evacuated.
"The second level ticketing areas for Avianca, TACA, LAN and Caribbean Airlines, one nearby TSA checkpoint, and the surrounding areas on the first and third levels of Terminal J were evacuated at 12:30 p.m. because of a suspicious passenger and item," said airport spokesman Greg Chin in a statement.
At least one outgoing flight was delayed over an hour, and several international arrivals were also delayed. Hurtado couldn't be reached for comment to see if the sweet joke was worth the trouble.
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