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14th Apr 2014, 21:55
Teenager Arrested For Threatening Tweet To American Airlines

Dutch police have arrested a 14-year-old girl in Rotterdam after she sent American Airlines a threatening tweet on Sunday.

The exchange became a viral sensation on Twitter after a user identified as Sarah who went by the name "@QueenDemetriax_," tweeted: "@AmericanAir hello my name's Ibrahim and I'm from Afghanistan. I'm part of Al Qaida and on June 1st I'm gonna do something really big bye."

The alarmed airline swiftly replied: "@queendemetriax_Sarah, we take these threats very seriously. Your IP address and details will be forwarded to security and the FBI."

The regretful and fearful teenager sent multiple tweets back to the airline insisting she was just a kid and joking.

Her Twitter account has subsequently been suspended.

Rotterdam police told NBC News that the girl, accompanied by her mother, voluntarily turned herself into a local police station on Monday.

"It was a serious tweet, so we had to investigate," Cenet De Jonge, spokesperson for Rotterdam Police, told NBC News.


Well there's one budding terrorist that won't bother us again.

While the real bad guys are laughing their a$$ off

15th Apr 2014, 14:08
While the real bad guys are laughing their a$$ off
True, but it was probably a good learning experience, particularly at that age, about the consequences for being a damned fool.

15th Apr 2014, 14:23
I'm not sure I understand the FBI becoming involved with a case involving a foreign national. I mean, the Effa-Bee-Eye has f**k all jurisdiction in the Netherlands, no?

15th Apr 2014, 15:14
I'm more worried about the idea of an entire airline being managed by people with so little common sense.....as to not handle this in a low scale way initially until knowing if there really was any serious threat.

To immediately launch into full bureaucratic arse covering mode...shows an absolutely sure level of idiocy that should bar anybody from even walking within 500 yards of an aircraft...let alone managing an airline.

Further we then entrust our security to people who take such numbskulls seriously...instead of just taking 3 milliseconds and telling them to stop wasting time and resources.....

.....14 year old kids are always going to do 'inadvisable' things.....that is their prerogative.....it takes a special level of asininity to think you can change that.

In my opinion, the 14 year old is clearly the more 'mature, intelligent & responsible' of all the players in this little drama......

15th Apr 2014, 15:31
I don't think the airline has overreacted, more like the Dutch police.

Solid Rust Twotter
15th Apr 2014, 15:45
One dumb teenager is easily excused — but the host of Twitter users currently tweeting bomb threats at major airlines is another story entirely.

In case you’ve somehow missed this latest round of Internet idiocy, here’s what went down: Sunday night, a Dutch teenager identified only as “Sarah” infamously tweeted a threat at American Airlines. (“hello my name’s Ibrahim and I’m from Afghanistan. I’m part of Al Qaida and on June 1st I’m gonna do something really big bye,” she wrote. Hilarious!) She then promptly made the account private and insisted it was all a joke — “I’m so stupid, I’m scared,” she wrote at one point — but not before American reported her name and IP address to authorities, leading to her arrest in Rotterdam on Monday.

You’d think that would warn off other pranksters, but the opposite has actually been true. In fact, at least a dozen other people have threatened American or, oddly, Southwest, an unrelated airline, under the guise of a “prank” or “joke.”

We hardly need reiterate the problems with this kind of thing: airlines need to take threats seriously, no matter how silly they seem, which means a lot of airline employees (and presumably, police and security and FBI) are spending a lot of time tracking down nuisance threats, as well.

Leaving aside, for a minute, the vast waste of taxpayer money and manpower that represents, there’s another more ground-level problem here: This trolling completely destroys whatever incentives airlines have to engage with their customers on Twitter. Which is, as many a Twitter-using traveler knows, basically the only decent line of airline customer service left.

Just last week, the Post’s Andrea Sachs reported on the use of social media at major airlines — it’s “unrivaled in its efficiency,” one expert said. In other words, if you ever have a problem on a flight, social media is the surest way to get relief. Or it will be, until other Internet trolls spam airlines with distracting, and potentially dangerous, clutter. (Imagine the chaos, if 4chan or some such signed on.)

Then again, that kind of disruption is presumably just what trolls want. That term is often used as a catch-all for agents of Internet mischief and unpleasantness, but recent studies have actually suggested a link between dedicated trolling and psychopathy. To quote a February paper published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, “it might be said that online trolls prototypical everyday sadists” — a.k.a., people who enjoy deceiving and manipulating other people.

That isn’t to say that Sarah is a sadist, of course; maybe she’s just another teenager spewing bite-sized idiocies into the void, like so many teenagers before her. Her copycats, on the other hand, know exactly what they’re doing. Let’s hope they realize how unfunny this schtick is — sooner, rather than later.

Chicago Tribune

Couple of hundred hours cleaning up dog shit and scrubbing graffiti off local overpasses should see them right.

15th Apr 2014, 15:47
Do people have so little to do with their lives that they have to take to threatening airlines via Twit? Get a life.