Teen's Boneheaded iPhone AirDrop Prank Results In United Flight Evacuation
This entry was posted on July 26, 2021.
In today's climate, that is a big no-no. While some may see the de-boarding and re-screening as an overreaction, an abundance of caution is to be expected when taking to the skies on a commercial airline. The boneheaded teen who sent the photo was likely not born yet during the terrorist events of 9-11, or if they were, they would have been less than a year old.
Make Sure Your AirDrop Settings Are Correct For Best Privacy Practices
AirDrop, by the way, is a feature of iOS and macOS that allows iPhone, iPad, and Mac users to wirelessly send files to one another with ease. Users must be within Bluetooth or Wi-Fi range and have one or the other turned on.
By default, AirDrop is supposed to be set to Contacts Only, to avoid receiving unsolicited pictures and other files from strangers. The two other optional settings include Receiving Off and Everyone, and apparently some people on the plane had it set to the latter.
If you own an iOS device, you can check and change your AirDrop setting by navigating to Settings > General > AirDrop, as shown in the image above.