As the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is banned in almost all flights around the world. We cannot take the Note 7 inside the airplane, anywhere in the world. That doesn’t mean, that one cannot scare the s*** out of people with the name of Galaxy Note 7.
Last week, a Virgin America flight from San Francisco to Boston was nearly diverted after someone on board named their phone’s Wi-Fi hotspot ‘Samsung Galaxy Note 7’. The pilot rightly decided to divert the plane. The exploding Note 7 isn’t the thing you want to see on the flight.
“This isn’t a joke,” the pilot said, according to BBC. “We’re going to turn on the lights (it’s 11 pm) and search everyone’s bag until we find it.” That didn’t do enough convincing. The passengers all remained mum. “This is the captain speaking. Apparently, the plane is going to have to get diverted and searched if nobody fesses up soon.
A passenger (Lucas Wojciechowski) on the flight was scanning the in-flight Wi-Fi when he noticed a hotspot active that appeared to be coming from a Samsung Galaxy Note7.
— Lucas Wojciechowski (@lucaswoj) December 20, 2016
After some time, the flight intercom clicked on and on of the crew member asked if any passenger had a Note 7 and identify themselves. And 15 minutes and no one answer, the crew threatened to turn on the lights and search all passenger until they find the device.
After some time the Captain reassured passengers the device had been found. It was not one of the flammable phone but a moron thought it would be a good wheeze to rename the hotspot and pretend to be carrying a banned smartphone. Though, this incident led to the delay and cancellation of other flights.
While Virgin America declined to say if any action had been taken against the unfunny prankster, your humble hack hopes they make him walk home next time.