Asshole Causes Emergency Landing After Naming Wi-Fi Network 'Bomb On Board'

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While it’s magnificent that you can connect to the internet while you’re soaring in a metal tube miles above ground, there are still shitheads who are going to use this modern wonder for evil. Most recently, a passenger aboard a flight from Nairobi to Istanbul created a Wi-Fi hotspot and named the network “bomb on board,” which prompted an emergency landing.

The Turkish Airlines flight landed in Sudan after the suspicious Wi-Fi network was detected, Reuters reported, and resumed after the plane and all 100 passengers had gone through a security inspection.


“Experts said the wi-fi network in question was created on board,” the airline told Reuters. “No irregularities were seen after security procedures were carried out, and passengers were brought back on the plane once boarding restarted.”

This isn’t the first time the discovery of a nefariously named Wi-Fi network threw a wrench in a bunch of people’s travel plans. At Los Angeles International Airport in 2014, a 9am flight to London was delayed several hours after someone named a Wi-Fi network “Al-Quida Free Terror Nettwork.” And last year, one Virgin America flight was delayed while another was canceled after someone named a Wi-Fi network “Samsung Galaxy Note 7”—the devices were banned from planes after they kept exploding.

The “bomb on board” network is arguably the most obviously threatening of the bunch, and it’s an example of how one asshole can ruin hundreds of people’s travel plans by simply creating their own dumbly named Wi-Fi network. That’s if the airlines themselves haven’t already fucked up.



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Melanie Ehrenkranz

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