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December 13, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

A person setting up a Wi-Fi connection aboard an international flight chose a name so provocative and suspect that the flight was diverted as soon as the pilot learned of it.

The passenger chose as the password phrase “bomb on board”.

Input of the name led the Turkish Airlines flight from Nairobi to Istanbul to make an unplanned stop in Sudan, a report in online publication Emirates 24/7 said.

One of the 100 passengers on the plane apparently decided to use the phrase “bomb on board” on his Bluetooth hotspot. The culprit was not found.

The pilot chose a controversial country to divert the aircraft to. Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade advises travellers: “Reconsider your need to travel to Sudan due to the possibility of violent civil unrest and the threat of terrorist attack.”

After landing at Khartoum Airport, Sudan, security checked all passengers and searched the aircraft. When it was deemed safe to board again, Turkish Airlines flight 606 continued to its destination.

The airline said experts determined 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.”

Turkey has suffered several terrorist attacks in recent years, including a number that used bombs.

Written by Peter Needham

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