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Can you imagine ever feeling so angry that you threaten to blow up planes?
Most of us probably can't. But maybe you could imagine a scenario where you would threaten something violent. Like, if you found your best friend in bed with your wife. Whatever it is, most of us have a snapping point.
For Soraya Evette Billinge, a housewife from Fort Myers, Florida, her snapping point was her husband's work schedule.
She was apparently so angry and annoyed that her husband worked nights at Southwest Florida International Airport that she threatened to blow up planes.
She didn't threaten to blow up one plane.
She threatened to blow up ten planes. And it seems it was because she was unhappy about having to spend most nights alone.
Most Americans recall the deadly acts of terrorism of 9/11 and tragic fallout. Our nation's sense of security was shattered. In response, the government attempted to assuage our fears and maintain our safety by imposing stricter security in places like airports. Threatening to blow up planes is a serious, serious thing to say.
So serious that Billinge was arrested, and is now facing felony charges for making a bomb threat.
Billinge likely had other options to help get her husband off the night shift. Options that didn't necessarily involve making a felony threat. Maybe she could have pleaded with his coworker to take over. Or encouraged her husband to take a different job, or negotiate with his employers himself.
There are a multitude of different avenues that Soraya Evette Billinge could have gone down before resorting to making threats to blow up planes. Though her husband has rushed to her defense. He says his wife was simply advising authorities of the 2006 United Kingdom bomb incident when she talked about explosives.
Meeting with a lawyer can help you understand your options and how to best protect your rights. Visit our attorney directory to find a lawyer near you who can help.