Mom Scare of the Day: A handful of passengers aboard a Southwest Airlines flight en route to Long Island’s MacArthur Airport caused a commotion when they claimed to have heard the pilot announce there was a bomb on the plane.
As it turns out, the pilot was merely wishing a happy birthday to an air traffic controller’s mom — not bomb — who happened to be on board.
The pilot clarified his announcement, but two passengers still felt the need to complain to security officials upon arrival.
FAA officials said the controller who requested the birthday wish to his mother may be required to undergo retraining on appropriate radio conversation.
Whenever I was on a flight by myself when I was younger, my mom (the airtraffic controller) would have the pilots have a flight attendant let me know that she said hi.