The absolute LAST thing you want to do on a holiday flight full of harried passengers and flight crew is to do a prank.
Unfortunately, some wiseacre didn’t get the memo on the DO’s and DON’Ts of in-flight etiquette.
According to some recent news outlets, someone did EXACTLY that on a Virgin America flight from San Francisco, CA to Boston, MA by NAMING their WiFi Hotspot ‘Samsung Galaxy Note 7’.
For those who haven’t a clue as to why that’s such a big deal, it’s because the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 that came out this year (2016) is NOTORIOUS for having a faulty battery that blows up on you. And since then, the device has been universally BANNED across all airlines.
Taking one on a plane in the US is now a federal crime.
Again; someone either didn’t get the memo, or is suicidal. Observe:
These are the direct quotes from Business Insider:
“Lucas Wojciechowski, a software engineer on the Virgin America flight, tweeted that an hour into the flight, the cabin crew made an announcement: “If anyone has a Galaxy Note 7, please press your call button.”
This was followed up 15 minutes later with: “This isn’t a joke. We’re going to turn on the light,” he tweeted, “and search everyone’s bag until we find it.”
Another 15 minutes later, and the captain came on the intercom — threatening to divert the plane and search it unless someone owned up. “I don’t know if you’ve ever been diverted at 3am,” the captain said, according to Wojciechowski’s tweet. “Let me tell you, it is terrible. There is nothing open in the terminal. Nothing.”
Luckily for the passengers, the (presumably sheepish) guilty party ultimately came forwards. “Ladies and gentlemen, we found the device. Luckily only the name of the device was changed to ‘Galaxy Note 7’. It was not a GN7.”
I guess there were some people, crew included that were justifiably homicidal. That’s one epic effing way to ruin a holiday flight.