A Thomson flight was rescheduled this week following the discovery that a person on board had a Wi-Fi hotspot named “Jihadi London.”
A passenger on the aircraft, which was scheduled for the Tuesday afternoon flight from Cancun to London Gatwick, spotted the network and reported it to the crew. The aircraft was subsequently evacuated.
The plane was then checked by security and police, and the flight was rescheduled for the following day.
The person behind the hotspot was not identified.
“The captain said he understood a few passengers were very concerned and wanted to get off the plane but to bear with him,” passenger Carey Middleton told Get Surrey.
After about another 20 to 30 minutes, he said the company’s security team had security checked all passengers and deemed there was no risk. By this time, babies and children were crying and they’d had to refuel the aircraft, etc.
Although the captain said he wouldn’t fly unless he was 100% sure it was safe, and he felt it was okay after the extra security checks, some passengers still wanted to leave. As they needed to unload their baggage, this then put the crew over their mandatory hours and we were unable to fly.
Passengers were required to go back through security to reclaim their baggage, and reported seeing armed police and “army guys” with detection dogs in the terminal.
Overnight accommodations were provided for the passengers.
“We would like to apologize to our customers who were delayed, due to a potential security concern raised before take-off, on Tuesday May 23 on TOM039 from Cancun to London Gatwick,” Thomson Airways said in a statement. “A full security check took place as a precautionary measure on the aircraft and we made arrangements to reschedule the flight and return customers home as quickly as possible.”
In 2016, a hotspot named “Mobile Detonation Device” grounded a flight in Australia.
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