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Flight grounded after passenger reports Wi-Fi hotspot named “Mobile Detonation Device”

by Todd Haselton | May 4, 2016May 4, 2016 9:45 am PST


You might think it’s funny to name your home Wi-Fi hotspot something silly, but you should probably be more careful if you’re tweaking the name of the hotspot on your smartphone. A Qantas flight was recently grounded and delayed after a passenger noticed a hotspot named “Mobile Detonation Device.” The woman reported the hotspot to the Qantas crew, Yahoo News said, which decided to halt the flight while they searched for the offending device.

One passenger commented on the pilot’s explanation to the plane’s passengers. “He said there was a device on the plane that had a name on it that he found threatening and that we were not leaving until that device was brought to him,” the passenger told Yahoo News.

Turns out the hotspot wasn’t on the plane, though, and was probably just someone walking by in the airport terminal. Or, perhaps, the responsible party realized his or her mistake and quickly turned it off. 40 passengers had already had enough of the threat and bounced up out of the situation before the plane took off two hours later.

Me? I’d have been one of those passengers leaving the flight.

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...