Two passengers were removed from a plane last Thursday over the curious name of their Wifi hotspot.

Detroit Metropolitan Airport police responded to the alert given from a departing Delta flight over the source of a mysterious local Wifi network, reports the Detroit Free Press.

The plane was already late for its scheduled 20:10 departure for Montreal when cabin crew began asking passengers to turn off phones and personal Wifi hotspots.

Flight attendants eventually told the cabin that police would be summoned if they did not comply with requests to switch off devices, Passenger Aron Greenberg, 47, told the Press.

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Emergency vehicles were summoned resulting in a five-hour delay. Photo/ Miguel Angel Sanz, Unsplash
Emergency vehicles were summoned resulting in a five-hour delay. Photo/ Miguel Angel Sanz, Unsplash

To Greenberg's horror he could see from his seat that emergency vehicles had already been summoned to the plane and were waiting on the tarmac.

"I, at first, thought there was someone really dangerous on the back of the plane, because the pilot said they were dealing with someone in the back," he said.

Posting to his instagram account, Greenberg shared footage of the terrifying scene as it unfolded.

"Sitting on runway, my plane is surrounded by police and emergency crews," he wrote live to social media.

The pilot of the flight kept the passengers updated throughout, warning them to stay in their seats with "seatbelts fastened".

Initially passengers were told that they and their luggage would be taken off the plane.

Police were eventually allowed onto the plane and two passengers were removed. A 42-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman were arrested and released, awaiting further investigation.

Greenberg shared a final update on his social media of saying that they had finally been cleared for take off.

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Three hours later the captain updated the worried passengers, "The good news is everything is OK, everyone is safe, our aircraft is secure. The FBI is here with us."

After a five-hour delay the plane eventually departed at 1.40am.

Curious to know what had caused the drama and long delay, Greenberg asked an exhausted flight attendant who was happy to tell him what had spooked the crew:

A personal Wifi network named "remote detonator" was detected by the crew and was never switched off.

Rather than taking a risk, police were summoned, the passengers and their bags removed before the flight was safe to continue.

Greenberg eventually got to the bottom of the mysterious delay. Photo / Instagram, @thecityofdearborn
Greenberg eventually got to the bottom of the mysterious delay. Photo / Instagram, @thecityofdearborn

"It was definitely stressful, but I think they did a good job focusing on handling the situation," Greenberg told the Press.