'Bomb on board' wi-fi network causes Turkish Airlines emergency landing

2017-12-04 15:41 - Unathi Nkanjeni
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Cape Town - While some airport pranks could be seen as funny, anything that has to do with bombs, knives or guns is no doubt making a mockery of security protocol and passengers safety when travelling. 

On Thursday, 30 November a Turkish Airlines flight from Nairobi to Istanbul was diverted after the detection of a Wi-Fi network called “bomb on board” that alarmed the passengers.

The flight diverted to Khartoum, Sudan, when flight staff noticed the suspiciously named Wi-Fi network. 

According to Reuters, the airline says after the emergency landing at the Khartoum airport in Sudan, the flight was safely resumed after security inspections on all passengers and the aircraft.

“Experts said the Wi-Fi network in question was created on board. No irregularities were seen after security procedures were carried out, and passengers were brought back on the plane once boarding restarted,” says the airlines.

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People can create personal Wi-Fi networks on devices such as mobile phones and call them what they want.

The airline says all 100 passengers were brought back on board the flight but authorities had not identified the passenger who had created the Wi-Fi network. 

Flight delays and diverting due to bomb scares are quite common but not taken lightly as passengers could face jail time.

Last year, British Airways passengers on a Comair operated flight bound for Cape Town were delayed after one passenger claimed to have explosives on him.

SEE: Passenger held after making bomb threat on Joburg flight

Also in the same year, a man who triggered a bomb scare at Geneva airport to avoid missing his flight was jailed and hit with a massive bill to compensate police for time wasted.

SEE: Yikes! Man hit with R690k fine over airport bomb hoax

Earlier this year, a Malaysia Airlines plane returned to an Australian airport after a mentally ill passenger threatened to detonate a bomb.

SEE: Bomb threat diverts Malaysia Airlines jet over Australia

Recently, two passengers were taken into custody for making alleged bomb threats at South Africa’s busiest international airport, OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. 

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