Keep jokes to yourself on planes

December 31, 2018 - 3:30 am

By Amy E. Feldman, Judge Technology Solutions

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — You may want to keep those bomb jokes to yourself, funnyman.

A passenger on a flight from Kolkata to Mumbai posted a photo of himself on Snapchat with a handkerchief around his face and the caption, "terrorist on flight, I destroy women's hearts." 

Lame — and criminal. The post was seen by a co-passenger, who alerted flight attendants, which caused the flight to be cancelled and led to his arrest. 

Apparently, he learned nothing from the Ben Stiller movie "Meet the Parents," in which Stiller's character is escorted off the plane after he said, "I said I didn't have a bomb." 

Is that a real thing? That you can actually be arrested for a joke? Whatever happened to free speech? Yeah, even a joke about a terrorist attack or a bomb is considered a threat. 

Under what is known as the "bomb hoax" statute, there are civil and criminal felony penalties for conveying false information about destroying an aircraft. It's punishable by up to five years in jail.

As all comedians know, sometimes a joke bombs. This is surely one of them.