American Airlines response to ‘joke’ terror threat sparks panicked explanation

http://twitter.com/#!/Arizzle314/status/455386155727343616

Earlier today, this tweet was sent to American Airlines, and was subsequently deleted:

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The tweet says “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”.

Naturally that caught the eye of American Airlines, which responded in part, “Your IP address and details will be forwarded to security and the FBI.” The tweeter immediately claimed to be “joking,” seemingly unaware that the authorities don’t have a sense of humor about such things:

http://twitter.com/#!/QueenDemetriax_/status/455356058232688640

The tweeter American Airlines said would be referred to the FBI then started a marathon tweeting session expressing concern for possible loss of Twitter account, disgust over hate tweets in response and happiness with a dramatic increase in followers.

The best way to intro this series of “up and down” tweets might be “it was the best of times, it was the worst of times”:

http://twitter.com/#!/QueenDemetriax_/status/455377801018109952
http://twitter.com/#!/QueenDemetriax_/status/455378848230961152
http://twitter.com/#!/QueenDemetriax_/status/455380557275627521
http://twitter.com/#!/QueenDemetriax_/status/455383715112554496
http://twitter.com/#!/QueenDemetriax_/status/455384793572990976
http://twitter.com/#!/QueenDemetriax_/status/455385576800526336
http://twitter.com/#!/QueenDemetriax_/status/455388924383596544

@QueenDemetriax_ continued on, false sense of security and all:

http://twitter.com/#!/QueenDemetriax_/status/455393860093739008
http://twitter.com/#!/QueenDemetriax_/status/455395267391791105
http://twitter.com/#!/QueenDemetriax_/status/455397671034175489
http://twitter.com/#!/QueenDemetriax_/status/455398252670881792

This might work:

http://twitter.com/#!/QueenDemetriax_/status/455398629625577472

Good luck with that!

The original tweet was deleted:

http://twitter.com/#!/QueenDemetriax_/status/455401222007447552
http://twitter.com/#!/QueenDemetriax_/status/455401459031769088

But the commentary continued:

http://twitter.com/#!/QueenDemetriax_/status/455403156026187777
http://twitter.com/#!/QueenDemetriax_/status/455407376540401664
http://twitter.com/#!/QueenDemetriax_/status/455412766296535040
http://twitter.com/#!/QueenDemetriax_/status/455416565429964800
http://twitter.com/#!/QueenDemetriax_/status/455419797753569281

Cue rapid heartbeat:

http://twitter.com/#!/QueenDemetriax_/status/455421246885601280

Stand down:

http://twitter.com/#!/QueenDemetriax_/status/455422068944023552

But the tweet-a-thon continued:

http://twitter.com/#!/QueenDemetriax_/status/455424069975166976
http://twitter.com/#!/QueenDemetriax_/status/455433773753307136
http://twitter.com/#!/QueenDemetriax_/status/455435961401606145

Twitter account for sale:

http://twitter.com/#!/QueenDemetriax_/status/455437061533999105

Any buyers? Anyone? Anyone?

http://twitter.com/#!/QueenDemetriax_/status/455437983668523008
http://twitter.com/#!/QueenDemetriax_/status/455438485554745345

And finally, a willingness to give back some of those followers, possibly after a realization about the reason they became followers:

http://twitter.com/#!/QueenDemetriax_/status/455438764798902272

Suffice to say that’s one “joke” that could continue to backfire for days to come.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/04/13/im-not-gonna-tell-my-parents-american-airlines-response-to-joke-terror-threat-sparks-panicked-explanation/

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