Flight cancelled when “Al-Quida” Wi-Fi network became available

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  1. Sammich

    Sammich Gold Member

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    http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/...when-al-quida-wi-fi-network-became-available/
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    Error in article. This should be an AA flight. AA 136 LAX-LHR.
     
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  3. WilliamQ

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    Error or not... the guy who set up a wifi hotspot with such a name should be tracked down and punished.
    So many passenger's plans were disrupted and the airline is certainly not to be faulted for being cautious.
     
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    I disagree. The airline should not have been so stupid. Every passenger has gone through screening. A label on a wifi hotspot cannot possibly cause any harm.
     
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    Also, pretty sure another report simply says the flight was delayed, not canceled.

    Actually the link in that story (of which far too much is copied here to be considered fair use) also says it was delayed, not canceled.
     
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  6. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    Note to self: change current hotspot SSID from three-letter-agency name to something more "benign" :)
     
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    Change to "Ebola containing container" and all hell will break loose.
     
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  8. WilliamQ

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    Well... this is debatable. As in the screening part.
    The other thing is that the mindset of the passenger..
    To do something like this means the person may also do something stupid while in the air.
    Kinda.. if you have some information and did not act on it.. you get screwed if something did happened
    Damned if you react, screwed if you do not..
    do not envy the decision makers...
     
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    With what? Everyone onboard has been screened remember?
     
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    There are plenty of things on an airplane - either permitted through security or provided by the airline - with which one can do something stupid.
     
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    There are also plenty of stupid people on airplanes every day who don't know how to set up a funny SSID but *might* find a way to cause the plane to be diverted. E.g., by arguing about seat reclining.
     
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    ok. Not trying to get into too deep a debate but consider this. If a passenger shout out "Al-Quida" as the plane is taxiing to take-off, should the pilot take precautions? A wifi sid with the same "message" should be taken just as seriously. Of course, not all might feel the passenger who shouted "Al-Quida" is a threat since everyone is screened but I would personally preferred for precautions to be taken in light of the proclamation.
     
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    Sad to say, I have no "rebuttal" for that astute observation :)
     
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    Just a side note here: How come when people are surveyed here so many of us rate TSA screening procedures as "poor" or "worthless" yet we're now saying we have nothing to worry about because the people on this flight have been screened?
     
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    Sorry, my "worry capacity" is currently being utilized to handle the Ebola "crisis" in the US. The TSA is doing fine.
     
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    We have nothing to worry about because the threat is essentially nil. :-:
     
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    The threat from a wifi label is nil. Or at least nil disregarding over-reactions to it.
     
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    Truthfully, that wouldn't bother me in the slightest. The pilot already has precautions, in the form of a reinforced cockpit door. But the shouter should be removed from the plane instantly for not using his/her inside voice.

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