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Teen's tweeted terrorist threat sparks FBI and American Airlines investigation

A teen tweeted out an apparent threat threat to American Airlines on Twitter Sunday.
A teen tweeted out an apparent threat threat to American Airlines on Twitter Sunday.
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A 14-year-old girl is learning a hard lesson about how serious airlines take terrorist threats today, Monday, April 14, as her tweet "joking" about a terrorist attacking American Airlines June 1 has launched an apparent FBI investigation.

Yesterday afternoon, teenager Sarah, known as @QueenDemetriax_ on Twitter, sent out a tweet to American Airlines that showed a note allegedly sent by an Ibraham from Afghanistan, who was threatening to "do something really big" on June 1.

Almost as quickly as the tweet went out to American, the company responded to Sarah, stating that they take these types of tweets seriously, and that her IP address and details have been forwarded to the FBI for further investigation.

Judging by the teen's reaction to the company's response, it is quite clear that she was not prepared for how serious the company would take the threat. Sarah apologized profusely to American Airlines via a series of tweets after the threat, claiming she did not mean anything by it, and then tried to explain to the company that she did not write the threat, it was a friend.

The company did not respond to her additional tweets, and Sarah's account has since been deleted. However, American Airlines spokesmen did release a statement on the tweet:

At American, the safety of our passengers and crew is our number one priority,” American said in a statement. “We take security matters very seriously and work with authorities on a case by case basis.”

The FBI has not commented publicly on the tweet.