Teen arrested after tweeting apparent terror threat to American Airlines
A 14-year-old Dutch girl that tweeted a terrorist threat to American Airlines was arrested in Rotterdam, Netherlands on Monday, police have confirmed.
The user started backtracking on Sunday after she apparently tweeted the terrorist threat.
The user – who identified herself as a 14-year-old named Sarah in her now-suspended Twitter account @QueenDemetriax_ – apparently sent a tweet to American Airlines that read:
“Hello, my name is Ibrahim and I am from Afghanistan. I am part of Al Qaeda and on June 1 I am gonna do something really big bye.”
American Airlines publicly responded:
“Sarah, we take these threats very seriously. Your IP address and details will be forwarded to security and the FBI.”
@QueenDemetriax_ then changed her public name to demetria and tweeted several times since American Airlines responded publicly to her “threat.”
The airline later deleted its response to @QueenDemetriax_and issued a statement:
“At American, the safety of our passengers and crew is our number one priority,” American said in a statement. “We take security matters very seriously and work with authorities on a case by case basis.”
American Airlines said the tweet was removed “after it had been addressed in order to be able to focus on our customers.”
The FBI has not commented on the tweet.
Here are a series of tweets the user sent from the now suspended Twitter account: