Southwest Passenger Detained After Creating WiFi Hotspot Names Like “Bomb On Board”

Authorities detained a passenger aboard a Southwest flight that landed at Seattle-Tacoma Airport yesterday on its way to Denver, after reports that he created a bunch of creepy names for his in-flight WiFi hotspot, naming it “Southwest – Bomb on Board” and making comments about the attractiveness of flight attendants, among other things.

According to ABC News, passengers started to worry when they realized the weird names popping up during the flight.

“He changed it to ‘the bomb is on this seat,’ and then he changed it to something about the stewardess being hot,” one passenger said. “And so that’s why once we found all that stuff out we realized he was probably just goofing off.”

Whether or not he was just goofing off like an insensitive jerk — especially in light of the fact that the flight was on Sept. 11, as the passenger pointed out added an extra layer of concern — authorities ordered the plane to a side tarmac, surrounded the plane and took the man into custody.

All passengers deplaned and bags were re-screened, before the plane could be reloaded and back on the way to Denver. Southwest said it was the captain’s decision to report the potential security threat, and that the airline’s “highest priority is the safety and security” of passengers and employees.


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  1. RupturedDuck says:

    Another piece of anecdotal evidence there isn’t enough chlorine in the human gene pool.

  2. webalias says:

    What I don’t get is how they figured out it was him. I don’t condone his behavior and there should be criminal penalties for what he did. But let’s assume he created his hot spot with a MIFI card, which is about the size of a credit card and only a bit thicker. It’s in his pocket, doesn’t make any noise, and its LED can even be turned off in its settings. How is the hot spot he created going to be identified with him, particularly if he is discrete and doesn’t leave it on for too long at any one time? We are told in the news story that police officers boarded the plane and “zeroed in on the guy really quickly.” How? I presume they didn’t search everyone on the place, which would have been illegal. This story could use some more facts.