The feature in Apple mobile devices that allows people to send photos to nearby phones via Bluetooth is at the heart of a terrorism scare on a JetBlue flight over the weekend.
According to the New York Daily News, a prankster sent a photo of a suicide vest to everyone who had an Apple device on the plane, using AirDrop.
The plane was about to take off from Newark Liberty Airport on Saturday, bound for Tampa, Fla., but had to be evacuated and searched after the photo popped up on passengers’ phones, including two flight attendants’ devices. Sources speaking to the Daily News said that the pilot immediately declared an emergency and that people, luggage and cargo were taken off the plane onto the tarmac. Bomb-sniffing dogs were brought in, but nothing was found.