A viral video posted on TikTok by user @teighmars shows a Southwest Airlines pilot reprimanding an unknown passenger for cyber flashing (sending nudes to other iPhone users via AirDrop).
The pilot threatened to return to the gate and remove all passengers from a plane destined for Cabo after an unknown passenger began sending naked photos to others through AirDrop.
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“So here’s the deal,” the pilot told passengers over the in-flight intercom. “If this continues while we’re on the ground, I’m gonna have to pull back to the gate, everybody’s gonna have to get off, we’re gonna have to get security involved, and this vacation is going to be ruined.”
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen reports of iPhone users sending unsolicited nudes to other users on public transportation. In August 2015, Lorraine Crighton-Smith, 34, was traveling to work in south London when the indecent images popped up on her phone. She had set the device to be visible to anyone, not just contacts, which allowed the stranger to send the unwanted photos.
Unfortunately, AirDrop provides a preview of incoming photos and videos, which the recipient can either accept or deny. However, you still see a preview.
For users looking to turn off AirDrop receiving in iOS 15, the AirDrop control panel can be found under the General settings tab right under Software Update. There, users can turn receiving off completely, limit it to contacts only, or allow everyone to AirDrop files.