Tourist Nabbed After Final Post Announcing His Location At The Airport
A Los Angeles man, who was going around the Hawaiian island of Oahu posting pictures and videos of himself on his social media accounts, was arrested this week for violating the state’s 14-day quarantine emergency law.
And it was his last, brash post, that got him nabbed.
After posting shots of himself one the beaches, at Diamond Head and other locations, he put up one final photo of himself at the airport, announcing he was departing soon for his flight back to L.A. Upon seeing this, Attorney General Department’s special agents alerted state deputy sheriffs, who arrested him at the airport one hour before his flight.
Hawaii has a strict policy for tourists, a 14-day self-quarantine in which visitors are not to leave their hotel room. Abdulla Aliyev whose social media handle is Turgut Aliev, instead had a good, typical type of Hawaii vacation and by posting, he got the attention of people who alerted authorities. Aliyev arrived in Oahu on May 1.
“If you are out and about in violation of a self-quarantine order, it is likely you will be reported and arrested,” said State Attorney General Clare Connors. “We again implore visitors to delay their trips until this pandemic passes and we ask that anyone who arrives here comply with the 14-day self-quarantine rule.”
She also said that Hawaii’s residents “have little tolerance for anyone, either a visitor or returning resident, who flouts the emergency rules.”
Hawaii reported just one new coronavirus case on Sunday, May 17, and has not had a double-digit day since April 22. It has reported a total of 640 cases statewide.
Aliyev would have gotten away with all his activities were it not for that last post at the airport. His bail was set at $2,000.