If you want to create a stir on board your next flight, why not rename your wireless device “Samsung Galaxy Note7_1097”?
For an unknown reason, that’s exactly what some wing-ding did on a recent Virgin America flight.
According to a report put out by BBC.com, when an inflight passenger named Lucas Wojciechowski fired up his laptop after take off, he noticed a problem. There was a hotspot ominously named ‘Samsung Galaxy Note7_1097’.
Alarmed, Wojciechowski reported his finding to a crew member, who then had the pilot make an announcement.
Passengers were asked to ring their call button if they were in possession of an explosive and banned Note 7.
Guess what? No one replied. To which the pilot reportedly announced,
“This isn't a joke. We're going to turn on the lights (it's 11pm) and search everyone's bag until we find it.”
"This is the captain speaking. Apparently the plane is going to have to get diverted and searched if nobody fesses up soon."
It turned out that a resident wise ass didn’t actually have a Galaxy Note 7 in their possession. They had simply cheekily simply their SSID wireless device.
Luckily, it was a hoax and the flight continued as usual. On the flip side, unfortunately this was after cancelling a further flight on the same plane, and delaying swarms of passengers on the ground.
What some people do for fun.
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 smartphone has been banned from being carried on airplanes worldwide. Why? A recall was issued earlier this year, due to the fact that the phones can overheat, catch fire and explode .