Wi-Fi hotspot name puts airline passengers under threat

  • 16 Dec - 22 Dec, 2017
  • Mag The Weekly
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When talking about Wi-Fi names, people tend to get very creative and come up with strange, amusing names like Pretty Fly for a Wi-Fi, LAN Solo, Get Your Own Wi-Fi, which can often be touted as puns and threats for those using another person’s Wi-Fi hotspot. However, there’s a line to cracking jokes and puns at a certain time and place, for recently, an airliner came across a passenger who tried tricking the staff and other passengers on the aircraft with his rather worrying and foolish choice of Wi-Fi hotspot name because of which the flight from Nairobi to Istanbul was forced to make an emergency landing in Sudan.

The name read ‘Bomb on board’, and it is assumed that the prankster knew what they were doing, as a statement from Turkish Airlines said, “Experts said the Wi-Fi network in question was created on board. No irregularities were seen after security procedures were carried out, and passengers were brought back on the plane once boarding restarted.”

It's not clear whether the passenger responsible for the name was able to be identified by authorities and annoyingly, this is not the first time a prank like this has been played, for back in May a flight from Cancun to London Gatwick was cancelled after a passenger on board noticed a Wi-Fi hotspot called "Jihadist Cell London 1" and told staff.