On July 23, a United Airlines flight departing from San Francisco International Airport was evacuated due to a teen’s Moronic Airdrop prank. The adolescent used Apple’s AirDrop to send “inappropriate pictures” to other passengers, prompting the plane’s evacuation.
Someone was transmitting “inappropriate pictures” to multiple passengers via AirDrop, according to Twitter user @realchrisjbeale. His mother’s United Airlines trip from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Orlando (United Airlines Flight 2167) was “kept on the tarmac.”
Before they could take off, everyone on board had to be evacuated and re-screened. SFO spokeswoman Doug Yakel told a local NBC station that the photos appeared to show an airsoft gun.
According to airport spokeswoman Doug Yakel, when passengers reported the incident, United Airlines Flight 2167, bound for Orlando, was set to depart at 2 p.m., according to airport spokeswoman Doug Yakel. Yakel told the station that everyone was removed “out of an excess of caution” after many passengers reported getting the menacing photographs dumped into their iPhones.
The plane, United Airlines Flight 2167, was already suffering several delays when this happened. It was scheduled to fly from San Francisco to Orlando. After the AirDrop hoax, Yakel continued, they tracked down the perpetrator: a teenage male who was eventually kicked off the flight. With the photograph, the youngster also made threats.
AirDrop pranks usually consist of sending funny memes and marketing posters to plane passengers, but sending an image of a gun to plane passengers is not the wisest approach in these difficult times.
For those unfamiliar with AirDrop, it’s an Apple function that allows users to transfer photographs and videos to other iOS or Mac users wirelessly. Although users can limit who can give them photos, some people leave their AirDop settings wide open, allowing anyone with access to send you potentially unwanted images.
It’s unclear how they were able to track down the mysterious AirDropping. IOS users may use AirDrop to share photographs, videos, and other media anonymously by altering their device name in system settings. It’s possible that the perpetrator overlooked this important step or was unconcerned about being caught.
The adolescent may have forgotten to alter the AirDropping identity on his phone, which means that anyone who saw the random gun photographs would have known who sent them. Or perhaps they were able to determine which passenger was the proper distance from everyone who had received the photo because AirDropping only works within 30 feet of the person conducting the drops.
It was discovered that the images were taken at a different location than the airport and that the adolescent did not have the gun on him. After officials conducted a security examination of the plane, passengers reboarded, and the kid was barred from the journey. It’s unclear whether he’ll face more legal consequences as a result of his activities.
AirDropped media recipients are provided a preview of the image or video, which they can accept or reject. This feature has previously produced issues since pranksters or unscrupulous persons have been known to utilize it to offer unsuitable content to victims.
False bomb threats on airplanes and airports are common nowadays, but this leads to a severe loss. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has recorded an increase in such cases, logging nearly 100 instances of disruptive airline passengers in the past weeks.
Earlier this month, A Canadian guy who was angry over baggage costs warned an airline employee last week that he had a bomb in his suitcase. He was a 74-year-old man, Wegal Rosen, arrested at Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport for falsely alleging that there had been a bomb in his hand luggage.