Girl sends terroristic tweet to AA, gets unwanted response

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Posted on April 14, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Updated Monday, Apr 14 at 1:12 PM

A Twitter user thought to be a teenage girl has received unwanted notoriety after she sent a terrorism-themed message to American Airlines. The incident has spawned coverage from a number of media outlets across the globe.

The girl – who identified herself as a 14-year-old named Sarah in her now-suspended Twitter account – sent this tweet to American Airlines' @americanair account Sunday morning:

"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 responded, saying: "Sarah, we take these threats very seriously. Your IP address and details will be forwarded to security and the FBI."

That appeared to startle the girl, who responded mostly – but not entirely – with conciliatory tweets, according to London's Mirror tabloid, which runs a long list of the exchange on Twitter.

"I'm so stupid, I'm scared," said one of the first replies from @QueenDemetriax_ -- the now-suspended account of the girl who sent the tweet.

She followed up with a number of frantic-sounding tweets, leading one media outlet to describe her response as a "social media meltdown."

"I was joking and it was my friend not me, take her IP address not mine," the girl tweeted, according to the Daily News of New York.

She claimed to be a girl living in the Netherlands, adding: "I'm just a fangirl pls I don't have evil thoughts and plus I'm a white girl," according to the Daily News.

The Daily News notes "the Twitterverse soon filled with posters who took up Sarah's pleas for leniency, laughed at her foolishness or speculated the whole thing was a hoax."

Still, the girl occasionally interrupted her contrite tweets with updates on her growing number of followers.

And, as for American's threat to forward the girl's information to the FBI, the girl tweeted she had "blocked the FBI just in case," according to WGHP TV of North Carolina.

American eventually removed its tweet that it first sent in reply to the girl.

"The safety of our passengers and crew is our number one priority. We take security matters very seriously and work with authorities on a case by case basis," the carrier said to The Huffington Post. "Regarding [the] tweet , we removed it after it had been addressed in order to be able to focus on our customers."

Speaking to the Daily News, the FBI declined to say if it was looking into the matter.

According to a tweet sent out by Rotterdam police in the Netherlands, the girl has been arrested.

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