On Thursday, Turkish Airlines flight TK79 from Istanbul to San Francisco diverted to Warsaw.
A mobile phone had been found on an empty seat and no passengers claimed it. As a result they treated the incident as a bomb scare. The plane was escorted by fighter jets (which can mean only one thing), the plane was checked after passengers evacuated, and then it was refueled and cleared for the rest of its journey.
After several hours on the ground the flight continued on to San Francisco.
A passenger onboard told their story in The Guardian.
I have to give Turkish Airlines real credit for arranging lounge access on the ground for passengers, even economy passengers. (United could learn something from their Star Alliance partner.)
Frederick Chopin Lounge, Warsaw.. participates in Lounge Club and Priority Pass
What I don’t get about the onward experience though is this:
When flight TK79 continued its journey, nothing was the same again. In-flight dining had been dramatically scaled back and in-flight internet was no more.
It was determined that, wherever the cell phone came from, it was all a false alarm. There was nothing dangerous onboard. Things were safe enough to continue the journey. Why on earth was it necessary to shut off onboard internet? How can the flight be safe enough to operate but not safe enough to operate with internet?