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Galaxy Note 7 hotspot confusion almost diverts flight

Thought you’d heard the last about the Galaxy Note 7? Think again. A passenger on-board a Virgin America flight almost caused the plane to be grounded becuase their portable Wi-Fi hotspot was named ‘Samsung Galaxy Note 7’.

This prompted urgent announcements from crew aboard Virgin America flight 358 from San Francisco to Boston, asking the owner of the device to come forward.

Samsung’s explosive phablet has been been officially barred from flight by the Federal Aviation Authority in the US, making it a federal crime to take the device on a plane.

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However, once the owner came forward, it emerged there was no Note 7 on-board the flight, and that the hotspot name was not accurate.

Passenger Lucas Wojciechowski claimed to have taken a screensot of the offending hot spot during the flight,


According to Wojciechowski, the cabin crew made a further announcement, saying: “This isn’t a joke. We’re going to turn on the lights” (its 11pm) “and  search everyone’s bag until we find it.”

The captain then reportedly warned passengers that the flight would have to be diverted to a nearby airport so the plane could be searched.


While the whole event has been reported as a ‘prank’, one Twitter user pointed out to Wojciechowski that it could have actually been an honest mistake on the part of the owner of the device.

Steve Baxter said he switched from a Note 7 to a Galaxy S7 but that his portable Wi-Fi hotspot retained the name of the ill-fated phablet.


It could very well be that the passenger who cause the disruption did so unwittingly, then, though it remains unclear just what happened at this point.

Samsung has issued a global recall for the Note 7, so if you’re still using one of the devices it’s time to contact Samsung or the retailer you bought the phone from, to arrange for a replacement.

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