Qantas delays flight because of wifi network named "Detonation Device"


My hotspot “totally not a bomb” should be fine then


but the nearby WLAN “it’s a trap” has a much better signal quality


I’d love to know the internal monologue of the person responsible, assuming it wasn’t entirely accidental.

I’m guessing it whipsawed between “goddammit I’m going to miss my connection” and “oh shit I’m going to get arrested” before ending up on “I bet I’m probably a hero, better check the internets to see how it’s playing out.”

(Hi there, fella!)


The genuine risk that arises from the ambient ‘zOMG Terrorists!!!’ is when The Authorities(sometimes even with an overbroad, vague, badly worded law to back them up); start with the “your absurdly harmless whatever is, despite its harmlessness, a ‘hoax device’ or similar class of nefarious and illegal thing, as proven by the fact that someone freaked out about it. It doesn’t matter whether or not that was a foolish overreaction by a hysterical moron, if it scared somebody, it’s a terrorist device.” line of inquiry and sometimes prosecution.

See the Boston Mooninite Terror, the MIT kid nefariously possessing LEDs at an airport, the middle schooler who possessed a disassembled clock with exposed circuit boards while muslin, etc.

That’s where things go from ‘this is just silly’ to ‘actually dangerous’ courtesy of our own allegedly-security-forces.


Doing maths is also not allowed.


I couldn’t worry about that one, since detonators’ 1-41 were so ineffective that they didn’t make the news.


Then again, hijacking jokes have been off-limits much longer than the current theatrics. I can remember the topic at least discussed back in the 70s, when hijacking was all the rage. In fact, it was so frequent at one point, journalists invented the word “skyjacking,” because journalists are adorable.


In the 70’s it was usually Cubans that came here and decided that Cuban socialism wasn’t such a bad deal in comparison and wanted to go back.


O.M.G., that was both funny and horrifying. This is the biggest argument as to why students need to have exposure to higher level math.


@M_Dub, math is something for your list


Crap. I’ve had people glance at my mathematical scribblings on flights, but it never occurred to me that it could get me in trouble.


I thought about paging @M_Dub but math scared a 30-ish woman, not the police.


but the description of his doing was taken serious enough that some agency interviewed/interrogated him


True. But it sounds like (according to Menzio) they were actually respectful. I think the airline and the LEOs are just happy that it wasn’t them this time.

See something, say something is a rather stupid policy.


Crap, that makes me wonder how scary it must be when I occasionally work on a programming problem on the plane. Pages and pages of code scrolling over the screen and filling notebooks pages…


It’s hard to imagine a terrorist who would deliberately name their detonation device “detonation device,”

Maybe, but BoingBoing is the site that told me of terrorists whose plans were contained in an unencrypted folder called “TARGET.”


I allways love using NSA_SURVEILLANCE_VAN_512 as my preferred wifi source. Should I be worried?


There is no less friendly way to travel than by air. Why? Because of a successful terror plot that could have been thwarted by a locked door.


I LOVE saying that! But only about things like, “There’s not enough CPU time to get that done between now and then.”

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