@kingZortic The 6:25 am flight PDX-ATL DL1156? Where did you leave the bomb? *JK
— Delta Assist (@DeltaAssist) January 24, 2015
Yes, that’s the Delta social media team asking the “caller” where they left the bomb on the plane.
UPDATE: Twitter account was deleted so just the screenshot remains:
And, at first blush, it seems absolutely ridiculous. Why bother to engage or humor the threat. After all, odds are it is not real. But threats like these are taken seriously, whether made via phone, a note left in the lav or Twitter. And so the Delta team engaged, trying to get more interaction about the threat and the “caller” in hopes of making a real determination on the veracity of the threat and better tracking down the person making the claim. The big difference this time around is that the conversation is open for the world to see.
A similar threat was made from the same Twitter account against a Southwest Airlines flight:
@SouthwestAir as you are the second and last aircraft of the day to be targeted. It's strongly recommend you don't try anything stupid.
— Zortic (@kingZortic) January 24, 2015
And, in this case, the threats managed to score F-16 fighter jet escorts for both the planes.
From all appearances the account was created just for this, as was a matching Facebook account. Should be interesting to see what, if anything, comes from the digital trail left here.
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