On Thursday, the relationship between Paul Denino, known as “Ice_Poseidon” online, and his fans got out of hand as he was escorted off of a flight after someone called in a bomb threat in his name. This practice is known as “swatting,” and it’s how malcontents in the gaming community terrorize people they don’t like.
The usual setting for a swatting is someone’s home, so a plane is kind of crazy, although not entirely without precedent. In 2014, Sony Online Entertainment President John Smedley tweeted his flight, and trolls quickly tweeted at the airline saying there was a bomb aboard the flight. The plane was grounded in Phoenix.