No sooner had a supposedly hijacked airline at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport declared a false alarm than Dutch netizens switched from worry to laughter, mocking the pilot who pressed the ‘do not press’ emergency button.
Schiphol airport was the scene of a massive police operation on Wednesday evening, as an Air Europa plane on the tarmac signalled a hijacking attempt. Heavily armed police descended on the aircraft, and successfully evacuated its passengers and crew. Moments later, the airline announced a false alarm. The captain had triggered the alert by accident, and in Air Europa’s own words, “nothing has happened.”