A Southwest Airlines passenger was “cyberflashed” onboard using Apple’s AirDrop technology. But flight attendants handled the issue well.
AirDrop is the name given by Apple to technology that allows for the quick transfer of files via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. It is available on Apple mobile phones, laptops, and tablets.
40-year-old Kat Pitman took her seat after boarding a Southwest flight from Louisville to Chicago. Suddenly, an AirDrop request appeared. When a request appears, you’ll see a thumbnail of the image or file to be sent and the name of the sender. Pitman noticed it was pornographic.
She denied the request and turned her phone off, but then turned it on again to take a screenshot of the sender’s name. But when she turned her phone back on she received another two AirDrop requests, this time a video and another picture.
Pitman discreetly notified a flight attendant, who was not at all discreet about handling the issue.
Getting on the intercom, the flight attendant demanded that the passenger who was sending lewd pictures via AirDrop to cease and desist. I like the direct approach.
Pitman told USA Today:
There was no question. They weren’t like, “What’s AirDrop?” They just took care of it. They continued to check on me during the flight and as I left the flight. I just was incredibly impressed.
I learned a new term today…I previously had not heard of cyberflashing. The only time I’ve ever been “airdropped” by a stranger was on my Air France HOP! flight from Paris to Mulhouse last December. Someone onboard sent me a picture of a lady laying down across two seats. I chalked it up as harmless mistake and deleted it.
But if you don’t want to receive unexpected images or files from strangers, be sure your AirDrop settings are properly adjusted. In settings, you can specify whether you want to receive files from “everyone” or just “contacts only”.