Airline grounds security expert
United Airlines stopped a prominent security researcher from boarding a California-bound flight late Saturday after a social media post by the researcher days earlier suggested the airline’s onboard systems could be hacked.
Chris Roberts had attempted to board a United flight from Colorado to San Francisco to speak at a major security conference this week, but was stopped by airline security at the gate. Roberts founded One World Labs, which tries to discover security risks before they are exploited.
Roberts had been removed from a United flight Wednesday by the FBI after landing in Syracuse, N.Y., and was questioned for four hours after jokingly suggesting on Twitter he could get the oxygen masks on the plane to deploy.
“Given Mr. Roberts’ claims regarding manipulating aircraft systems, we’ve decided it’s in the best interest of our customers and crew members that he not be allowed to f ly United,” airline spokesman Rahsaan Johnson said Sunday.