American Airlines receives more Twitter bomb threats


American Airlines is receiving more bomb threat tweets after the arrest of a Dutch teenager who was reported by the airline for sending a terrorist threat via Twitter, The Washington Post reports

The teenager, who was arrested by police in the Netherlands, was a 14-year-old girl who tweeted to American on Sunday "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.” 

American Airlines responded to the tweet by saying it was contacting law enforcement officials, and Dutch police tweeted on Monday that they had arrested the girl. 

The incident has spawned multiple copycats, according to the Post report.

“@AmericanAir the bomb goes of [sic] in 3 hours,” the paper quoted a Twitter user named Alden Fernandez saying. 

“@AmericanAir You really seem to not care that i’m about to bomb your plane that’s headed to Paris. Btw, my name is Ahmed,” the paper said another user name, Allie, wrote to the airline. 

Aviation industry officials have said that prank social threats draining airline resources because they have to be investigated as if they are real. 

American said in its response to the original Twitter threat, which has since been deleted like the original tweet, that it takes online threats “very seriously. 

“Your IP Address and details will be forwarded to security and the FBI," the Fort Worth, Texas-based company tweeted back to the Dutch girl's account, which has since been made private.