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American Airlines Reacts to Teen’s Terror Threat Joke on Twitter

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A Dutch Twitter user claiming to be 14 years old wreaked Internet havoc on Sunday when she jokingly tweeted a terror threat to American Airlines. A Dutch Twitter user claiming to be 14 years old wreaked Internet havoc on Sunday when she jokingly tweeted a terror threat to American Airlines.
On Monday, Michael van Poppel, the president and founder of BNO News, tweeted that the teen had been arrested in Rotterdam. On Monday, Michael van Poppel, the president and founder of BNO News, tweeted that the teen had been arrested in Rotterdam.
ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (WRIC) – A Dutch Twitter user claiming to be 14 years old wreaked Internet havoc on Sunday when she jokingly tweeted a terror threat to American Airlines.

A girl named “Sarah,” @QueenDemetriax_, tweeted the following message to American Airlines the morning of April 13: “@AmericanAir hello my name’s Ibrahim and I’m from Afghanistan. I’m part of Al Qaida and on June 1st I’m gonna do something really big bye.”

Within minutes, the verified American Airlines Twitter account tweeted this response: “@queendemetriax_ Sarah, we take these threats very seriously. Your IP address and details will be forwarded to security and the FBI.”

It didn’t take long for Sarah to realize the implications of her message; she sent the following tweets in quick succession:

@AmericanAir omfg I was kidding,” “@AmericanAir I’m so sorry I’m scared now,” “@AmericanAir I was joking and it was my friend not me, take her IP address not mine,” and “I’m f***ing 14 years old, do they think I’m gonna blow up a plane or something. I’m just stupid okay.”

She also tweeted, “Why the f*** did I do that ugh.”

American Airlines’ response to Sarah was eventually taken down. The company explained its actions in a statement to the Huffington Post:

“The safety of our passengers and crew is our number one priority. We take security matters very seriously and work with authorities on a case by case basis … Regarding [Sarah’s] tweet, we removed it after it had been addressed in order to be able to focus on our customers.”

According to the Huffington Post, Sarah’s original tweet was retweeted more than 10,000 times before it was ultimately deleted. She wrote the following tweets about her newfound fame on Sunday: “Omg I got over 10k rts for that tweet omg,” “I feel famous omg,” “Okay today was the highlight of my twitter days,” and “Over 20k followers yay.”

@QueenDemetriax_, who claims to “live 15 hours from the U.S.,” actually changed her Twitter name to say “Ibrahim.” Her account has since been suspended.

On Monday, Michael van Poppel, the president and founder of BNO News, tweeted that the teen had been arrested in Rotterdam.


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