Passenger Grounds Flight After Naming Wi-Fi Channel ‘Bomb On Board’

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An unknown passenger on a flight heading to Istanbul, Turkey, reportedly caused an emergency landing after creating a Wi-Fi network named “bomb on board.”

The plane — which took off from Nairobi, Kenya — was forced to divert to the Khartoum airport in Sudan, according to Reuters.

After conducting security inspections both on the plane and on passengers, airline and airport staff allowed all 100 of the Turkish Airlines patrons back on board.

“Experts said the wi-fi network in question was created on board,” Turkish Airlines said in a statement. “No irregularities were seen after security procedures were carried out.”

A pilot on a plane at the Philadelphia airport in Nov. 2016 forced all passengers off before takeoff because “Galaxy Note 7” appeared on the list of available Wi-Fi networks. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 smartphone is infamous for sometimes exploding and catching on fire.

Initially, the mobile phone was permitted on planes for more than a month after the first reports of combustion surfaced. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) originally mandated the electronic is turned off and not charging when on-board.

The Department of Transportation and the FAA finally banned the device from all airplanes Oct. 15th.

For the most recent incident, it is still not clear who the Wi-Fi channel-naming culprit is. (RELATED: Flight From Australia Targeted With Exploding Barbie)

The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to Turkish Airlines for further details, but the company has not responded in time of publication.

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