A couple of general travel tips. First, put your phones in airplane mode when asked by a flight attendant. Second, don’t scare people by naming your phone or wi-fi network something sinister. Nerves are easily rattled onboard a plane…as we saw last week on Delta.
Ejection On Delta Flight Over Cell Phone Name
It was time to depart and flight attendants made their customary announcement to turn off smaller electronic devices or place them in non-transit mode. As usual, no one listened. Another passenger noticed one particularly menacing network, called “remote detonator” and alerted a flight attendant.
As the Detroit Free Press shared:
The flight was already running behind from its about 8:10 p.m. departure time when flight attendants began repeatedly asking for passengers to turn off their personal WiFi, said Aaron Greenberg, 47, of Seattle who was taking the flight on his way to a work meeting in Montreal.
Then flight attendants announced that they’d be calling police if personal WiFi wasn’t turned off, Greenberg said.
It was a nerve-racking moment when an estimated 10 emergency vehicles with flashing lights surrounded the plane, he said.
Police boarded, two passengers (wearing shorts in January on a Detroit to Montreal flight, which seems more suspicious than the wi-fi network, but I digress…) were removed.
The whole ordeal delayed an already delayed flight another three hours and the two passengers with the naughty network were not allowed back on (but also freed, with a caveat that further questioning may come at a later point).
As many of us have learned, mentioning the word terrorist in ANY context just doesn’t fly onboard an airplane. And networks like “remote detonator” offend delicate sensibilities and are not suitable for a shared space, especially an airplane.
Was the removal of these passengers an overreaction or did they deserve it?
(H/T: View from the Wing)