LAX Flight Grounded Due To WiFi Hotspot Name

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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?

  • A.K.

    What do I think? I think that people should start doing this on EVERY flight. At some point, this ridiculous security theater needs to be mocked and overloaded.

  • Tack

    These people are insensitive and stupid to do something like this…However, people have the right to do whatever they want long as it does not infringe upon someone else’s right to do what they want with their life or property.

  • Tommyg2230

    There’s a reason we are “not allowed” to use references to Hitler when discussing other people, and there is a reason that jokes about 9-11 cause people to be “humorless.” If you knew someone who died on September 11 because of someone who, for all practical purposes, had a “bomb on board,” I am pretty sure you would not think stuff like this is “ridiculous security theater.” Are these reactions by the airlines unfortunate? Yeah. Do i wish that people would lighten up a little? Yeah. But that’s kinda not for me to decide. I guess what I’m trying to say is that the exercise of free speech includes the right to be an idiot or to be clueless or even to be an asshole, but if you are an asshole someone is likely to strike back. Just because we have free speech doesn’t mean there are no consequences to it.

    • TJ

      “Just because we have free speech doesn’t mean there are no consequences to it.”
      I feel like you are missing what “free speech” is. It’s literally being able to say things without consequences. Certain things, but “things without consequence” all the same. So……

      • Tommyg2230

        If you think that free speech means literally being able to say things without consequences, ask the owner of Chick Fil A what happened to his business when he exercised his right to free speech. He was not prosecuted, he did not go to jail (nor should he have), but millions of people voted with their feet to stay away from his restaurants. Those are indeed consequences. The same sort of thing happened here; the folks did not get prosecuted or go to jail — and I do not think they should have — but other people reacted very poorly to their “free speech” — which I think was very predictable. We live in a world where we all have to get along, and creating handles like “bomb on board” and “al quaeda” doesn’t make a person an advocate for free speech, it makes them an asshole looking for a fight. And these guys got one. And that’s pretty much all I was saying.

        • TJ

          Sorry, I will clarify. It means “without consequence or retribution from the Government.”

  • JiminyHCricket

    Oh, please save us from these nitwits. Who thinks this is funny?