Flight Diverts When Passenger Names Their Wifi Network “Bomb On Board”

A year ago a passenger caused a huge stir on board with a wifi network name “Samsung Galaxy Note 7”.

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. If you’re going to call your network “condogirl.” At that point just leave the default ATT2sXj6Fk-5g in place.

If you’re on a plane, though, you need to:

  1. Turn off your wireless transmitting devices (use airplane mode) once the door closes
  2. Not name your network “ISIS” or “al Qaeda”

Or ‘bomb’. A Turkish Airlines flight from Nairobi to Istanbul today when a passenger had a wifi network on called “bomb on board”.

Copyright: boarding1now / 123RF Stock Photo

The crazy thing is that they diverted to Khartoum, Sudan.

“Experts said the wi-fi network in question was created on board. No irregularities were seen after security procedures were carried out, and passengers were brought back on the plane once boarding restarted,” Turkish Airlines said.

Turkish Airlines didn’t divert when their ad agency did this, however:

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  1. Maybe I’ll do something like that on my flight tomorrow. If you hear of an AA flight being delayed on the way to MIA tomorrow, that’ll be me.

  2. My favorite was when I was in a federal courthouse and someone had their network name set to “The Meth Lab”

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