Southwest Airlines passenger’s iPhone bombarded with nude photos, explicit videos via Apple AirDrop right before take off

Emily Crane for The Daily Mail:

A woman on a Southwest Airlines flight says a stranger bombarded her with nude and explicit photos right before take off using the iPhone AirDrop feature.

Kat Pitman said she had boarded Southwest Flight 1388 in Chicago on Friday morning en route to Louisville and was texting her husband when the inappropriate messages started appearing on her phone.

The AirDrop messages, which allows people to send messages to nearby devices using Bluetooth or WiFi, were sent by a person whose username was a crude version of The Hobbit’s Bilbo Baggins.

‘It was just very explicit. It just shocked me,’ Pittman told USA Today.

She immediately turned off AirDrop but turned it back on briefly so she could screenshot the person’s username.

The sender was never identified…

MacDailyNews Take: Note to parents, make sure your kids’ AirDrop settings are set to “Receiving Off.”

Choose who can see your device and send you content in AirDrop:
Go to Settings > General > AirDrop and chose:
• Receiving Off
• Contacts Only
• Everyone

You can also set your AirDrop options in Control Center:

  1. On iPhone X or later, swipe down from the upper-right corner of the screen to open Control Center. On iPhone 8 or earlier, swipe up from the bottom of the screen.
  2. Press firmly or touch and hold the network settings card in the upper-left corner.
  3. Tap AirDrop AirDrop icon and choose one of these options:
    • Receiving Off
    • Contacts Only
    • Everyone

If you see “Receiving Off” and can’t tap to change it, go to Settings > Screen Time > Content & Privacy Restrictions > Allowed Apps and make sure that AirDrop is turned on.


  1. Not a shred of sympathy for this woman.

    She left her window wide open and now has the audacity to be upset about who/what came through the window?

            1. thats not what your mother said… thank you, I’ll be here all week.

              Get a life. Accomplish something even if it is to be the best 7-11 clerk you can be.

            2. Citizen X says that I should get a life? Lolol. Llo who is talking!! Fucking idiot.

              I don’t say that to insult you, I tell you that because its important for you to know. As with other idiots, you are too stupid to know that you are stupid. I tell you as a public service. Plus, idiots like you are fun to screw with. Its a fun past time.

  2. Well, let’s see, she had her window open, and a flasher choose to run through her yard. She’s learned a new piece of tech and how to handle it, but the guy firing out crude images isn’t to blame? Not hardly…

  3. She should’ve gone the other way and loudly announced: whoever just airdropped me those intimate photos, I don’t think you’d be able to make the earth move even at 37,000 feet.

  4. What no one here seems to have mentioned is the fact that NONE of the airdrop images described will EVER appear on your phone or anyone else’s, unless the receiver specifically CHOOSES to accept them each time images are sent

    You always get a simple msg such as “accept images from xxxxx’s iPhone?” Even if your airdrop settings are “everyone”

    This is not an apple problem, and has nothing no to do with politics

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