When you board a plane and the door closes you should turn off your wireless transmitting devices (use airplane mode). If you’re not going to do that, though, the bare minimum requirement is not to name your network “ISIS” or “al Qaeda sleeper cell.”
Several years ago when Samsung Galaxy Note 7s were catching fire – and banned from planes – someone named their network ‘Samung Galaxy Note 7’ and when a passenger complained the pilot threatened to divert their redeye flight unless the responsible passenger identified themselves.
A couple of years back a Turkish Airlines flight actually did divert – to Khartoum, Sudan of all places – when a passenger was broadcasting ‘bomb on board’ as their network name. It turned out that there was no bomb on board.
Now two passengers from Quebec were removed from a Delta regional flight in Detroit over their network name, “remote detonator.”
The flight was already running behind from its about 8:10 p.m. departure time when flight attendants began repeatedly asking for passengers to turn off their personal WiFi, said Aaron Greenberg, 47, of Seattle who was taking the flight on his way to a work meeting in Montreal.
Then flight attendants announced that they’d be calling police if personal WiFi wasn’t turned off, Greenberg said.
It was a nerve-racking moment when an estimated 10 emergency vehicles with flashing lights surrounded the plane, he said.
Passengers were kept on board the regional jet for more than three hours over the incident. People still haven’t learned, it seems, that actual NSA surveillance vans don’t have network names like “NSA Surveillance Van #15” and when Ayman al-Zawahiri holds his annual conference at the Ninawa International Hotel in Mosul, the meeting room network names aren’t actually “Al Qaeda Planning Conference 2020.”
It’s also a bad idea to snapchat from a plane that you’re a terrorist with womens’ hearts or to accidentally fill out a U.S. immigration ESTA form checking the box that you have previously engaged in terrorist activities.
Police of course say they removed the passengers “out of abundance of caution” though they were ultimately released.
(HT: Paul H.)