“Everyone is going to have to get off and security will have to intervene. Your vacation will be ruined.”
This is not the plot of the remake of Snakes on the Plane, but a news item that took place in the United States a few days ago. the August 25, passengers on a Southwest Airlines flight to Cabo San Lucas nearly never made it to their destination. It all starts when passengers complain about the sending of unsolicited images. These photos, of a male genitalia, were transferred to many users via Airdrop. While Wifi and cellular data do not work on the plane, a smart guy used Apple’s transfer tool to distribute his photos to all users of the brand’s products.
Teighlor Marsalis, one of the passengers, filmed the pilot’s reaction. On TikTok, she shares the message he broadcast from the cockpit.
“So that’s the situation. If this continues while we’re still ashore, I’ll have to return to the gate. Everyone will have to get off and security will have to intervene. Your vacation will be ruined. So whoever’s doing the Airdrop thing, stop sending ‘nudes’ and let’s go to Cabo.”
@teighmars @robloxsouthwestair takes airdropping nudes very seriously. #AEJeansSoundOn #WorldPrincessWeek ♬ original sound – Teighlor Marsalis
Obviously, this small remonstrance was enough and allowed all passengers to enjoy their vacation. The airline nevertheless wanted to react, to ensure that the safety of its customers and staff was its priority. “When made aware of the issue, our teams took the issue head on to ensure the comfort of those traveling with us.”
What the law says ?
Sending non-consensual sexual images is condemned in France. According to article 624-2 of the Penal Code, “The fact of disseminating on the public highway and in public places messages contrary to decency is punishable by the fine provided for 4th class fines. Is punished with the same penalty the fact, without prior request to send or distribute such messages at home.
In concrete terms, persons found guilty of such acts will have to free themselves froma fine of 750 euros. Note that there is no specific law and that this kind of sending can also fall under the scope of a conviction for sexual harassment or cyberbullying. Note that the practice, which consists of sending an image of a sexual nature or not by Airdrop, is still widely used in public transport.
To prevent this, just take a look in the application settings. In particular, you can prevent the receipt of files outside your contacts. Otherwise, we will simply say that in principle you should never open a file whose recipient you do not know. On social networks, and especially in DMs, you can also report the user.