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‘Jihadist’ wifi name prompts pilot to cancel Cancun-London flight

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Pilot refuses to fly packed tourist plane because passenger labelled his own wifi ‘Jihadist Cell London 1.’

A tourist spotted the disturbing wifi hotspot title as he boarded the Gatwick-bound Thomson plane which was due to take off from Cancun, British newspaper The Sun reported.

The worrying wifi name was seen on a Thomson plane due to depart from Cancun to Gatwick

He told the cabin crew, who launched an immediate probe just hours after the Manchester terror attack.

When no one took responsibility for the wifi name, the pilot called the police.

The plane was delayed for a day as no-one owned up to creating the wifi name

There was then a delay of two-and-a-half hours while officers boarded the jet and inspected passengers’ mobiles.

As word spread throughout the cabin, some passengers began crying and demanding to be left off the plane.

Sniffer dogs and armed police were called to examine the aircraft.

After security officials failed to find the culprit, the flight was cancelled and all passengers sent back to a hotel for another night.

A holidaymaker spoke of the terror among the passengers – who were all waiting to board another plane home knowing the flyer with the jihad phone was among them.

A recruitment firm boss on Flight TOM039  said: “As I sat in my seat I noticed one of the options for wifi connection on my phone relating to being a jihadist. I accosted a member of cabin crew, who took my phone up to the cockpit.

“I was moved to the front of the plane but by this time whispers were spreading through the plane about it.”

The passenger, of High Wycombe, Bucks, who asked not be named, said initially the pilot announced a delay of 40 minutes because of “lax ground staff.”

Source: thesun.co.uk

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