Everyone knows not to make joke about bombs, guns, terrorists or hijackers while on an airplane, in an airport or even online before flying. Now, you can add hacking to the list.
Security researcher Christ Roberts wasn't allowed to board a United Airlines flight after making a post on Twitter. Let's take a look at what it said and why airlines are worried.
Here's the original tweet:
Find myself on a 737/800, lets see Box-IFE-ICE-SATCOM, ? Shall we start playing with EICAS messages? "PASS OXYGEN ON" Anyone ? :)
OK, that tweet just seems like a collection of acronyms and lousy grammar. If you know what the techno-speak means, however, Roberts is asking if he should hack the plane's systems and trigger the passenger oxygen masks. From the tweet, it sounds like he knows exactly how, but does he really?