A flight headed from Los Angeles to London was grounded after a passenger discovered a WiFi connection named “Al-Quida Free Terror Nettwork”. The humorless passenger then alerted a flight attendant who subsequently made authorities aware.
According to ABC7, after waiting for nearly an hour passengers were told that “there was a security threat” and that they “didn’t have clearance to take off”. The flight was taken back to the gate and did not take off until 3 hours later.
It was eventually determined that no crime was committed and no charges were brought against the creator of the WiFi hotspot.
This isn’t the first time something like this has happened on a flight. Back in September, a passenger was detained for naming his WiFi hotspot “Southwest – Bomb on Board”. It didn’t help matters that it was September 11th.
The prankster was definitely over the line here, but it still seems to me that this was an overreaction on the part of the airline authorities…what do you think?