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International flight grounded after crew notice terrifying name of onboard Wi-Fi network

As most humans know, two places you can never, ever joke about bombs is at an airport or on an aeroplane.

Other key words such as “terrorism” and “cocaine” are also not funny in such circumstances and should not be trifled with.

But some clowns still haven’t got the memo.

This latest incident happened on a Turkish Airlines flight from Nairobi, Kenya to Istanbul, Turkey.

The jokester in question changed their Wi-Fi network name to “bomb on board”, which caused understandable panic among the passengers. Hilarious.

I’ve only prayed for the Reaper to take me on one flight, and that was a 20-hour ordeal when I was sat between Tuberculosis Man and Screaming Baby. Usually, I’d prefer to not to be blown to smithereens.

The plane to Istanbul ended up making an emergency landing in Sudan and the aircraft underwent a full security check.

“Experts said the Wi-Fi network in question was created on board,” Turkish Airlines said in a statement.

“No irregularities were seen after security procedures were carried out, and passengers were brought back on the plane once boarding restarted.”

It is unclear whether they caught the culprit, whose real crime was having a truly crappy sense of humour. Also, I’m pretty sure that person didn’t want to be diverted to Sudan so congrats fool, you played yourself.

This is not the first time people have messed with around with Wi-Fi names on planes.

Last year, a Qantas plane was delayed after some tosser named a network “Mobile Detonation Device”.

In 2014, an American Airlines flight was also delayed after a hotspot named “Al-Qaeda Free Terror Network” showed up.

If you are thinking about getting in on this trend, then don’t. Flying is annoying enough as it is without the spooky Wi-Fi names.

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Stefan is an Adelaide-based freelance writer. In his spare time, he plays tennis badly, collects vinyl and brushes up on his Mandarin. Follow Stefan on Twitter

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