Following reports of explosions, it is easy to see why the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has been banned from being brought on board flights. Given that an explosion mid-air could be dangerous and disastrous, it is understandable why that is the case. However some people seem to think this is a joke.
In a series of tweets by iMore’s managing editor, Serenity Caldwell, she revealed how a “prankster” decided to play a joke on an entire plane by naming their WiFi hotspot “Galaxy Note 7”, which led to an entire flight being cancelled. Given how close we are to the holiday season, clearly no one was amused by this delay.
According to Caldwell, “When I got to the airport (early) today, I found a huge line of people at the counter to my gate. Turns out, the flight had been cancelled. The plane had been delayed, and delayed, and finally cancelled, and the people were apoplectic. Really upset. Took about two hours for everyone to get their itineraries finally sorted.”
“Finally, they all move on to their new gates, and our crew comes. They’re hanging out while we wait to begin boarding, and one of them lets this slip: ‘Know why the 9AM flight got cancelled?’. ‘The plane was mid-flight when an attendant noticed a wifi hotspot. A Galaxy Note 7 Wifi hotspot.’ Everyone else makes a horrified face.” There’s a time and place for jokes, and this was definitely not one of them.