Within hours of a 14-year-old Dutch getting arrested for tweeting a bomb joke to a major U.S. airline, copycats started posting similar comments on the internet this week.
On Sunday, Twitter user “queendemetriax” pretended to be a member of the notorious terrorist group al-Qaeda and promised American Airlines to “do something big” on June 1.
The controversial post was retweeted several times before it drew the attention of the airline authorities, who eventually got the teen detained on Monday in Rotterdam.
While some thought the punishment was a little too much for a kid, many considered it a good example that would certainly prevent people from committing the same mistake in the future.
However, the exact opposite happened.
A number of people on Twitter (some of them mentioned below) thought it would be funny to tweet fake terrorist attack threats to all major U.S. airline companies and see if they get arrested or not.
It goes without saying the trend is stupid and shouldn’t be encouraged – not even as a joke – primarily because it completely desensitizes the seriousness of the issue which is, in no way, a trivial matter.
Maybe people should just stick to tweeting no makeup selfies.