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Teenager in Hot Water After Joke Terrorism Threat on Twitter

An American Airlines jet parked at its gate at Boston's Logan International Airport.
An American Airlines jet parked at its gate at Boston's Logan International Airport.(AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Jokes about terrorism can be a tough sell, especially when the audience is one of the world’s largest airlines.

Twitter user @QueenDemetriax_ learned that the hard way Sunday, when she tweeted this regrettable zinger at American Airlines: “hello my name’s Ibrahim and I’m from Afghanistan. I’m part of Al Qaida and on June 1st I’m gonna do something really big bye.”

@AmericanAirlines quickly responded:

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...which prompted anxious, rapid-fire tweets from the reportedly 14-year-old girl.

@QueenDemetriax_ then offered several contradictory excuses for the tweet, including the classic ”my account was hacked” alibi:

...followed by the “I was misunderstood!” excuse:

...and concluding with “it was an accident.”

American Airlines has deleted the tweet and did not immediately respond to a request for comments Sunday night. A spokesperson told the New York Daily News that the tweet was removed so their social media team could better focus on other customers.

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