NEW YORK (PIX11) — A 14-year-old girl has been arrested for allegedly messaging a threat to American Airlines via Twitter, officials said over social media Monday.
User @QueenDemetriax_, whose account has since been suspended, sent a tweet to American Airlines Sunday saying, “Hello, my name is Ibrahim and I am from Afghanistan. I am part of Al Qaida (sic) and on June 1 I am gonna do something really big bye.”
American Airlines, which often interacts with customers on social media, responded quickly.
“Sara, we take these threats very seriously. Your IP address and details will be forwarded to security and the FBI,” the airlines tweeted.
A Twitter account claiming to be the official feed for the Rotterdam Police Department said Monday that a 14-year-old Dutch girl was arrested in connection with the threat.
Police spokesman Roland Ekkers told The Associated Press that the girl, who has not been identified for privacy reasons, turned herself in to Rotterdam police in the company of a parent Monday and is now being interrogated.
After the airlines responded to @QueenDemetriax_, she appeared to regret her comments, saying she’s “so sorry” and scared.
“I was kidding pls don’t I’m just a girl pls,” she said in a subsequent tweet.
“I was joking and it was my friend not me, take her IP address not mine,” she said in another message.
When asked Monday about the girl’s reported arrest, American Airlines said they are aware of the news.
“Dutch authorities indicated to other media outlets that they acted independently in arresting the individual. Not at the request of American Airlines,” a spokesman for the airlines told PIX11.