Girl Arrested After 'Joke' Terrorism Tweet To Airline
A Twitter user believed to be a teen girl is in big trouble after tweeting an airline a "joke" threatening terrorism. Dutch police arrested a suspect.By Christine Slusser | April 14, 2014
A Twitter user believed to be named Sarah — who claims she's just a 14-year-old girl — played a "prank" on American Airlines: She said she was a terrorist. She has since been arrested. Cue facepalm.
"The young lady named Sarah yesterday tweeted to @AmericanAir, 'Hello, my name is Ibrahim and I'm from Afghanistan. I'm part of Al Qaida (sic) and on June 1st I'm gonna do something really big.'" (Via WFAA)
And you better believe American Airlines tweeted her back.
Another Twitter user took screen shots of the tweets before they were removed. American Airlines responded: "Sarah, we take these threats very seriously. Your IP address and details will be forwarded to security and the FBI."
And Twitter has since suspended the user, who went by @QueenDemetriax_.
"The teen then responded with multiple stories. First it was a joke, then it was someone else, then her account got hacked, the list just goes on and on. This is why you don't tweet terrorism jokes." (Via WNYT)
According to Business Insider, the teen has now been arrested at her home in the Netherlands. An official spokesperson for the Dutch police told the outlet:
"We're not in a state that we can communicate any state of charges at this point. We just thought it was necessary to bring this out mostly because of the fact that it caused a great deal of interest on the Internet."
Although the person behind the tweet called herself "Sarah" and mentioned she was a teen, we still haven't seen a mug shot.
But the police did confirm via Twitter a female teen from Rotterdam was arrested.
OK, children. What have we learned? Don't ever send a terror threat. Ever. Not on social media, not anywhere. Just don't do it.