We all know that airlines have become strict “no prank zones.” But what one passenger did while just playing around with his phone got him hauled off the flight and interrogated as a possible terrorist! Don’t make the same mistake.
Of course flying can be scary enough for most people without the added panic of unscheduled stops or delays. But an incident the day after the 9/11 anniversary was enough to make anyone's heart skip a beat.
A Southwest flight for Denver was prepped for takeoff at a Seattle-Tacoma airport on Thursday when the pilot suddenly diverted the 737 to a side taxiway. Before most passengers realized what was going on, law enforcement officers boarded the plane and took a passenger into custody.
It turns out the pilot and a few of the passengers had noticed the passenger was taking advantage of the airline's on-board Wi-Fi.
The problem wasn't that a passenger was using the Wi-Fi, the problem was what the passenger had named and was continuing to rename his Wi-Fi hotspot.
Hotspot names like "Southwest - Bomb on Board" and "the bomb is on this seat" continued to pop up and change. At one point, a fellow passenger noticed that the hotspot was changed yet again "to something about the stewardess being hot."
Passengers that had been monitoring the continually-changing hotspot names realized at this point that it was just someone "goofing off" but the pilot was taking no chances. The plane was diverted and the man detained.
Baggage was unloaded and re-screened, and was even double-checked by airport sniffer dogs and their handlers. After authorities deemed the plane to be safe, they allowed passengers to reboard and continue on their way to Denver.
I hope this person learned a lesson, that kind of "joke" isn't remotely funny. What do you think? Let me know in the comments below.