Passengers panic after “mom” confused with “bomb”

A pilot who used his plane’s intercom to send birthday greetings to a colleague’s mother triggered panic on board after passengers thought he said “bomb” rather than “mom”.

The unnamed Southwest Airlines pilot was asked by an air traffic controller to wish his mother a happy birthday as he flew from Baltimore, Maryland, to New York’s MacArthur airport in Islip, Long Island, on Friday.

Taking to the plane’s intercom, the pilot told passengers that they had a “mom on board,” however, many thought he said a “bomb on board”.

Panicking passengers asked other members of the crew to clarify what the pilot had said, and were assured that there was no bomb. The pilot also went back on the intercom to explain his remarks.

But several passengers have now complained to the authorities about the announcement…

In a statement, the Federal Aviation Administration said: “Pilots and controllers will sometimes engage in brief greetings…

The FAA has launched a review into the air traffic controller’s request. The pilot, who reported the incident to the authorities at Southwest, is not under investigation.

The passengers who filed complaints should change their diapers – and grow up!