A Pilot Refused To Fly Plane After Spotting Passenger’s Disturbing Personal WiFi Name
When your mission is to fly a speeding metal vessel 35,000 feet in the air at the speed of light with the only safeguard being your seat cushion as a flotation device, you must take no chances, no matter how seemingly trivial the threat.
So when a Thomson Airline pilot noticed a particularly threatening personal WiFi name on a flight from Cancun, Mexico to Gatwick, England, he refused to fly the packed plane.
According to The Sun, a tourist spotted the personal hotspot label Jihadist Cell London 1 upon boarding the flight. If this wasn’t off putting enough, the incident occurred just hours after the Manchester terror attack in which 22 innocent people were killed by a deranged suicide bomber at an Ariana Grande concert.
When the passenger told the flight’s cabin crew about his findings, they launched an immediate probe to find out who the culprit was. When nobody took responsibility, for the wifi name, the pilot called the police.
The call prompted a two-and-a-half hour delay while officers boarded the jet and inspected passengers’ mobile phones. While the inspection process was in progress, many people on the plane reportedly started crying and others asked to get off the plane.
The scene escalated when sniffer dogs and armed police were called to examine the aircraft.
Still, no culprit was found, as the hotspot name had been deleted upon examination. Erring on the side of caution, the flight was canceled and all passengers sent back to a hotel for another night.
It wasn’t all that long ago when you could get on a plane without so much as a cursory search. Now, the world is at a point where WiFi names are a cause of mass hysteria. Fucking sad state of affairs.
[h/t The Sun]