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Italian dude's text message causes hijacking scare

Peter Rojas
12.22.04
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A lot of you are going to be flying this holiday season, so just a friendly reminder that it's probably not a good idea to send a hoax text message to someone from the plane telling them that you've just been hijacked. We know it's mighty tempting and that sounds like it'd really be a hoot, but Antonio Casale found out the hard way what happens—he was arrested by police in Vienna after he sent a message to his wife during a stopover saying that terrorists had taken over the plane. She called the local police in a panic, and they then alerted the Federal Police in Australia (where the flight orginated), who had a pretty tense ten or 12 minutes before they figured out that everything was ok (their first clue was that the pilot was completely unaware of any hijacking). 

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