Flight arrives late after joker names his inflight Wi-Fi connection "Samsung Galaxy Note 7"

Flight arrives late after joker names his inflight Wi-Fi connection
One recent Virgin America flight was delayed after crew members discovered that someone had named their inflight Wi-Fi connection "Samsung Galaxy Note7_1097." The captain announced over the loudspeaker that this was not a joke and that everyone's bag would be searched on the plane, which was heading to Boston from San Francisco.

It took a threat from the pilot, who announced that he was going to divert the plane to Wyoming, before the culprit revealed himself and his phone. The pilot announced to the passengers what had occurred. "Ladies and gentlemen, we found the device. Luckily, only the name of the device was changed to 'Galaxy Note 7'. It was not a GN7." In other words, it was a renamed SSID (done as a joke) that caused the plane to land late in Boston. One passenger even took a screenshot of the inflight Wi-Fi connections from his laptop.

The crew was forced to go under the assumption that a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was being used in the middle of the flight, and had to act accordingly. We can't imagine how someone might find doing this to be humorous; to make matters worse, the joker apparently got off without even receiving a slap on the wrist.

source: @settern, @lucaswoj, TheVerge via Gizmodo

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1. TheHeartBreakKid

Posts: 102; Member since: Jul 07, 2015

Say whatever u like. This was humorous. This was funny as hell. Amazing.

5. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

It's not ''(done as a joke)'' It was planned plot by iMore's scammers. All three of them: The guy that renamed SSID, The person that play the part of 'finding it' and ''freaking out'' loudly, And the person from iMore that reported it as a ''casual witness'' This ''story'' was few days ago in BGR.

7. mr.reckless562

Posts: 162; Member since: Dec 22, 2016

yes it was. everyone thinking otherwise needs to remove the stick from their (_|_)

11. phldlphn unregistered

That's definitely amusing, haha.

2. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

LOL. The balls on that guy.

3. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

This is old story, Scam made by iMore's scammers, to serve the media. Shame on them, to arrange such BS plot on plane.! It's getting desperate and pathetic. Still no Note7 ''exploded'' after the ban, and that's not good. Right? LOL

8. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

Probably you should go to Samsung's headquarters in Korea, douse yourself in gasoline and set yourself ablaze to protest the cruel and unjust treatment the Note 7 has received.

13. phldlphn unregistered

Nobody is scamming anybody, it was just a joke. Or is it illegal to name a WIFI connection after a defunct smartphone now?

15. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

You're failing to understand that the scam Klinton is talking of means this whole incident was staged in other to be reported as news. Don't you know that news corporations do pay money to be the first to get informed of a breaking news? Especially the kind of breaking news that will boost sales or generate alot of clicks. The scam Klinton spoke of could well be legit.

18. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1354; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

I would punch them in the face and say sorry it was only a joke.

21. phldlphn unregistered

Not everything is a conspiracy, you're being paranoid.

23. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

'Not everything is a conspiracy' Agree. But this smells. In this article is not mentioned that 'journalist from iMore' was on the right place at the right time. Why is not mentioned?

4. libra89

Posts: 2335; Member since: Apr 15, 2016


6. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Oh boy, this article will end up salt mining, delicious Samboy's tears over here.

17. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Why? Just because the guys from iMore(media?) organized and played this tasteless plot( ugly prank) on the plane???

9. Konger

Posts: 4; Member since: Jul 15, 2016

Lol, this has to be a Samsung marketing guy, they would kill for some exposure..

10. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Ultimate troll LOL.

12. Bfrenz

Posts: 285; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

That's hilarious and shows how cheesy and afraid our peoples are.

14. boriqua2000

Posts: 260; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

Pretty damn funny. Bring on the copycats.

16. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

When I get on, I will name mine..."I_M_A_MUSLIM_TERRORIST and see how that goes...maybe people will find that funny too?! Yet no one on the plane said nothing. Yet to Arabic guys on a plane speaking their own language, somehow offended 20 ignorant white people and they were escorted off the plane for no reason whatsoever! They should have been stomping the head off this guys shoulders.

22. jsdechavez

Posts: 818; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Those guys deserve jail time.

24. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

BS! For what? He will get his fat pay check instead (from iMore , that planted it)

25. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

What a dumbass

26. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

What a dumbass

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