Girl Arrested After Tweeting Alleged Terror Threat ‘Joke’ at American Airlines

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A 14-year-old Dutch girl who caused a firestorm on Twitter by tweeting an alleged terror threat at American Airlines that she later called a “joke” was arrested Monday, according to Rotterdam police.


The controversy started after Twitter user “Sarah” sent this tweet to American Airlines on Sunday.

The controversy erupted Sunday morning when a Twitter user named “Sarah,” tweeted at American Airlines, “Hello my name is Ibrahim and I’m from Afghanistan. I’m part of Al Qaida and on June 1st I’m gonna do something really big bye.”

The airliner tweeted back that they were taking the threat “very seriously” and that her “IP address and details” would be “forwarded to security and the FBI.”

It appeared American Airlines at some point deleted the tweet, as it did not appear on its Twitter feed as of Monday morning.

No other tweets regarding the incident were posted on the airline’s account.

Twitter user “Sarah” initially responded to American Airlines through a series of tweets that appeared to get more frantic in tone as she desperately tried to let the airline know she had been joking.

“I was kidding,” she said in a response to American Airlines, later adding in a series of tweets that she was “sorry,” “scared” and “just a girl.”

The teen concluded by saying she had gained 1,000 followers as a result of the controversy.

Her account was listed as “suspended” on the social networking site as of Monday morning.


American Airlines responded to an alleged threat on Twitter in a tweet that was later deleted off its page.

However, the tweets between American Airlines and the girl were embedded on various news websites, and consequently could still be viewed on the Internet.

An American Airlines spokeswoman responded to the incident in an emailed statement, telling KTLA on Sunday that the airliner takes security matters seriously.

“At American, the safety of our passengers and crew is our number one priority,” spokeswoman Dori Alvarez said in the statement. “We take security matters very seriously and work with authorities on a case by case basis.”

The incident was still under investigation, according to a tweet from Rotterdam police.

KTLA’s Steve Bien contributed to this report.