A teenager who released photos of a toy airsoft gun at passengers on his United Airlines flight prompted the evacuation of the entire plan, according to a report from San Francisco this week.
From NBC Bay Area:
A teenager sent a photo of an airsoft pistol to other passengers on a plane at San Francisco International Airport on Thursday, prompting officials to remove all passengers from the plane, re-examine them and inspect the aircraft, he said. an airport spokesperson.
The flight, United Airlines Flight 2167, took place on the runway as it prepared to exit the gate after “several” passengers allegedly received a picture of a toy airsoft pistol from a teenage passenger via Apple’s AirDrop feature on iOS for iPhone.
According to the report, all the passengers were removed from the flight and re-examined through security and the plane had to be inspected. The photo was found to have been taken at another time and place, not at the airport. Despite the fact that the weapon was a toy and the teenager did not have the weapon, they were not allowed to return to the flight.
Apple’s Airdrop feature for iOS allows users to quickly and easily send files in a short range to a multitude of devices, including iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Users can choose to enable AirDrop for contacts only or for ‘everyone’, the last of which is known to be vulnerable for use as a prank tool.