Although it should be pretty common knowledge – don’t tweet fake terrorist threats. Police arrested a 14-year-old Dutch girl on Monday after she tweeted a terror threat to American Airlines.
A Twitter user calling herself Sarah with the handle @QueenDemetriax_ tweeted. “@AmiercanAir 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 from their official Twitter account saying “@QueenDemetriax_ Sarah, we take these threats very seriously. Your IP address and details will be forwarded to security and the FBI.”
Right after this, the girl pleaded with the airline, saying things like she is only a 14-year-old girl and she was just kidding.
The girl turned herself in at a police station in Rotterdam on Monday afternoon after authorities launched an investigation to find her.
“The assumption made by her tweets was taken seriously, and I may add that it is a rather alarming threat,” Wessel Stolle, a Rotterdam police department spokesman, told CNN.
The girl has been charged with “posting a false or alarming announcement” under Dutch law, but the consequences of the accusation remain unclear.
American Airlines stands by their actions, regardless of that fact that she was “joking.”
“At American, the safety of our passengers and crew is our top priority. We take security matters very seriously and work with authorities on a case-by-case basis,” American spokesman Matt Miller told CNN. “American’s response was taken down per our standard procedures. In this type of situation, we flag the conversation with the proper authorities and then take down the message(s).”
Stolle told Business Insider that, “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.”