— -- A passenger was detained on a Southwest plane at Seattle-Tacoma Airport after using ominous names for his Wi-Fi hot spot, sources said.
Passenger Alayna Keagle said people became concerned Thursday after noticing strange and disturbing hot spot names emerge, such as “Southwest – Bomb on Board.”
Passenger Ken Saldi also noticed the odd hot spot names.
“He changed it to ‘the bomb is on this seat,’ and then he changed it to something about the stewardess being hot,” Saldi said. “And so that’s why once we found all that stuff out we realized he was probably just goofing off.”
Authorities didn’t take the threat lightly. The plane’s pilot pulled the 737 off to a side tarmac. Police cars surrounded the plane, and officers boarded the jetliner, detaining the man.
“With it being 9/11, we were all concerned there could be a real bomb on the plane,” Saldi said.
Passengers were pulled off the aircraft and all the bags were re-screened, with some being checked by dogs. Passengers were finally able to re-board the jet for the flight to Denver.
"They zeroed in on the guy really quickly," said passenger Joshua Mutart.
"I just hope he gets prosecuted to the fullest extent. That's kind of what I was thinking, just disrupting all the people on the flight," Mutart said.
Southwest said the captain made the call about the potential security threat, and that Southwest’s “highest priority is the safety and security” of passengers and employees.