Joke ‘Al-Quida’ Wi-Fi name grounds LAX flight

The post-9/11 American security state has reached the point where Wi-Fi network names can cause airport scares.

ABC 7 reports that an American Airlines jet missed its scheduled takeoff time for a flight from Los Angeles to London because a passenger noticed that someone on board was broadcasting a Wi-Fi signal called “Al-Quida Free Terror Nettwork.”

Despite the fact that a real Al Qaeda member probably wouldn’t misspell his branded wireless network, authorities grounded American Airlines Flight 136 and brought it back to its departure gate.

“Passengers were reportedly not allowed to leave the plane for about three hours,” ABC 7 reports. “Travelers said they were initially told that it was some sort of maintenance issue.”

The sad part is, this isn’t even an original idea:

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Eric Geller

Eric Geller

Eric Geller is a politics reporter who focuses on cybersecurity, surveillance, encryption, and privacy. A former staff writer at the Daily Dot, Geller joined Politico in June 2016, where he's focused on policymaking at the White House, the Justice Department, the State Department, and the Commerce Department.