A San Francisco to Boston flight in the United States suffered a flight delay recently as a passenger changed the name of his wi-fi device to “Samsung Galaxy Note 7”
The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was banned by the United States Department Of Transportation recently after several of the Korean made phones caught fire, across the world.
The BBC reported that a passenger alerted the flight staff to their wi-fi display, that another passenger had a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 inside the plane. The Virgin crew was forced to make an announcement over the PA that unless the passenger gave up the phone, the plane would be forced to turn around and make an emergency landing.
From the bbc.co.uk:
Lucas Wojciechowski was on Virgin America flight 358 from San Francisco to Boston and told BBC News he photographed the hotspot after noticing it when he opened his laptop.
A call went out for any passenger with a Note 7 to press their call button.
Mr. Wojciechowski subsequently tweeted the crew’s announcements from the late night flight after the pilot warned passengers they would have to make an emergency landing.
“This isn’t a joke. We’re going to turn on the lights (it’s 11pm) and search everyone’s bag until we find it.
“This is the captain speaking. Apparently the plane is going to have to get diverted and searched if nobody fesses up soon.”
The owner came forward confessing there was no Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on board, but they had changed the name of their SSID wireless device to ‘Samsung Galaxy Note 7_1097.’
According to Mr. Wojciechowski, the flight crew later announced: “Ladies and gentlemen, we found the device. Luckily only the name of the device was changed to ‘Galaxy Note 7’. It was not a GN7.”