A couple was asked to leave a flight for having a threatening WiFi hotspot. The GoJet service which was operating as a Delta connecting flight was to fly from Detroit to Montreal when the cabin crew spotted a worrying WiFi network named 'Remote detonator'. Passengers said that the crew spotted it and never switched it off. The cabin crew then asked everyone on board to turn off all phones and WiFi hotspots. Passengers were told that police would be called if they did not cooperate with the staff.
Passenger Aron Greenberg told the Detroit Free Press, "I, at first, though there was someone really dangerous on the back of the plane because the pilot said they were dealing with someone in the back." Following the incident, cops entered the train and removed a 42-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman from Quebec. They were both arrested and later released, however, the investigation is still pending. The plane eventually took off after five-hour delay.
A Delta spokesperson told The Independent, "We apologize to customers any inconvenience after GoJet flight 6238, operating as Delta Connection, was delayed temporarily in Detroit for additional security screenings out of an abundance of caution. The safety and security of our customers and employees is always our top priority."
In the past too, phone WiFi names have caused similar delays on flights. In 2016, on a flight from Melbourne to Perth, 40 passengers demanded to be let off a plane after a wifi network called 'Mobile Detonation Device' was spotted by a person on board.