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American Airlines 'prank' tweet goes viral

Girl Arrested After 'Joke' Terrorism Tweet To Airline

A Twitter user's joke led to her arrest. On Sunday, a user going by the name Sarah tweeted at American Airlines, "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."

It only took minutes for the airline to reply. In a tweet that has since been taken down, American Air posted, "Sarah, we take these threats very seriously. Your IP address and details will be forwarded to security and the FBI."

In an attempt to clear everything up Sarah posted a long rant, which included, "OMFG I was kidding...I'm so sorry I'm scared now...I was joking and it was my friend not me, take her IP address not mine... I'm f***ing 14 years old, do they think I'm gonna blow up a plane or something. I'm just stupid okay. And my personal favorite of her tweets, "I'm just a fangirl, pls I don't have evil thoughts and plus I'm a white girl."

Then the tweets start taking a weird turn. Sarah's messages had gone viral and she started getting tens of thousands of new followers and retweets. "Omg I got over 10k RTs for that tweet omg... I feel famous omg... Okay today was the highlight of my twitter days... Over 20k followers yay... I changed my name to Ibrahim."

But her celebrity status didn't last long, her account has since been suspended, and on Monday she was arrested in her home in the Netherlands. Dutch police told the Business Insider, "We're not in a state that we can communicate any state of charges at this point. We just thought it was necessary to bring this out mostly because of the fact that it caused a great deal of interest on the internet."

And Sarah wasn't the only person throwing around bomb threats this weekend. NFL linebacker Aldon Smith became aggressive with TSA agents at Los Angeles International Airport and threatened that he had a bomb. He was also arrested.

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bwerewolves1984 April 14 2014 at 8:03 PM

She should know how much we are at war with the Al Qaida . She done threw her life away with one very unfunny prank. Now her parents can do nothing but grieve for her cause she pushed them that far away and stooped that low. Her entire future might be destroyed now. No high school diploma for her, but i could be wrong. But you know what i'm saying. Her entire future her parents were hoping for is probably shattered.

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david.konen bwerewolves1984 April 14 2014 at 8:52 PM

You may HAVE a good point here, BwereWolves - I can just HOPE and PRAY as this teenager realizes the ERROR of her ways, she'll TRY and do better, and come up with an April Fool's prank which WON'T be interpreted so SERIOUSLY.

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Rick April 15 2014 at 12:02 AM

this girl deserves no better treatment than any other idiot that would do something like this in this day and time teach her a good lesson let her sit in jail a few days bet she wont pull that crap again

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doug April 15 2014 at 12:12 AM

She must be held accountable, and if she is really 14, her parents must also be held accountable. An apology is not enough. Much time and money is spent to protect the public from bombers and folks who threaten us.

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Rick doug April 15 2014 at 12:14 AM

yes she should just like anyone else would be

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creaghdubh April 15 2014 at 12:34 AM

Long before 9/11, long before cell phones, tweets and the internet, "jokes" about bombs and airplanes were criminal.

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Dave Ridgway creaghdubh April 15 2014 at 1:03 AM

They still are criminal

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bckari creaghdubh April 15 2014 at 1:13 AM

and people complain about the TSA. this lovely little "I'm White" girl, needs some education on reality. "Oh, Now I'm a Celebrity." Sheeeeeshhhhh.

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photocountry April 15 2014 at 1:01 AM

A threat is a trreat, no matter how its done e. mail, phone etc, can end you up in jail. And that is no joke!

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Mary photocountry April 15 2014 at 1:10 AM

BWAWWWWWWWHHHHH, now she is sorry?

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brenhatestwinkie April 15 2014 at 1:11 AM

She needs a history lesson on terrorism

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James Stodola April 15 2014 at 1:23 AM

"I'm just stupid" was the smartest thing that this idiot has probably ever said.

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ppllaanntt April 15 2014 at 1:38 AM

This amazing technology we have sure has made things much better in this world,,please.

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yadsak April 15 2014 at 1:47 AM

you do the crime, yiou do the time!!!

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DrawBySundown April 15 2014 at 1:55 AM

Wow.. stooopid.. is as stooopid does.. yep

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