There are some pretty clever wifi network names. I boarded a flight once and saw someone’s called “Pretty Fly for a WiFi.” They’re not all clever, at home I can see a neighbor in my building with a network named “condogirl.” At that point just leave the default ATT2sXj6Fk-5g in place.
If you’re on a plane, though, you need to:
- Turn off your wireless transmitting devices (use airplane mode) once the door closes
- Not name your network “bomb” or… “Samsung Galaxy Note 7”
A passenger on Virgin America flight 358 from San Francisco to Boston failed both of these tests.
The crew took this super seriously. They made an announcement for any passenger with a Note 7 to ring their call button.
Then they announced, “We’re going to turn on the lights (it’s 11pm) and search everyone’s bag until we find it.”
And the captain came on threatening to divert and search the aircraft on the ground unless the offending passenger spoke up.
That’s when the passenger with the device — not a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 — identified themselves.
The flight did not, however, divert:
The reporting on the incident suggests that the incident delayed the flight — probably as a result of these tweets by a passenger in Boston talking about the incident and an onward flight. However the flight actually landed a few minutes early.
Media’s confusion may also stem from this tweet from a passenger quoting the threat to divert.
Since Note 7 devices have been reported to catch fire, even talking like you have one causes this reaction:
(HT: Paul H.)