"out of an abundance of caution."

al-Quida Free Terror Nettwork:

A Los Angeles International Airport flight bound for London was cancelled Sunday when a passenger's phone picked up the Wi-Fi signal "al-Quida Free Terror Nettwork" (sic) that was emanating from a fellow flier's hotspot minutes before the United Airlines flight was set to liftoff.

After a concerned passenger notified a flight attendant of the network at about 9:30pm, the plane taxied to a remote section of the Los Angeles airport and was held there for three hours. The plane was searched as passengers of Flight 136 were ordered to power off electronic devices, local media said.

"After an hour, (the captain) said there was a security threat and that we didn't have clearance to take off," passenger Elliot Del Pra told ABC7.com. The person responsible for the hotspot was not discovered, LaWeekly said.

"After further investigation, it was determined that no crime was committed and no further action will be taken,"LAX said in a statement. American Airlines said the flight was cancelled "out of an abundance of caution."

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7 Responses:

  1. Roger Knobbe says:

    Which was it, United Airlines or American Airlines?

  2. Shay says:

    In case you're wondering, the phone in the screencap is set to Hebrew.

  3. demcanulty says:

    Haha, Glasser, hello! I was just telling Rob Morrison how 'see you in the funny pages' is one of my favorite cliches that I never use, now I see you in the comments here. I think that works out, actually :) I should come back to SOMA again someday.

  4. nooj says:

    I wish there wasn't such an abundance of caution. Can we ration it? Is there a U.S. Strategic Caution Reserve?

  5. Mike Cotton says:

    This happened to me on a Southwest flight out of Seattle last month, except the wifi name was 'Southwest Bomb on Board'. All in all, we were delayed on the tarmac for about four hours. Enormous pain in the ass, missed my connection, etc.

    Not much of a terror tactic, either. The perpetrators are going to get jail time and watchlisted for the rest of their lives, unless they're part of a larger plan to make sure lots of additional people are milling around airports to be targets in a larger, coordinated, actually violent attack. But if that happens, then all those jail sentences are going to be for life, one way or another. Seems like it'd be hard to recruit for, or hard on your recruiting after the fact if you didn't let them in on the larger plan.

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