Turkish Airlines in Russian city
A Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-900. Osman Orsal/Reuters

Turkish Airlines has revealed that a flight from Nairobi to Istanbul had to be diverted for an emergency landing after a Wi-Fi network called 'Bomb on board' alarmed passengers and flight crew.

The seven-hour flight was forced to land at the Khartoum International Airport in Sudan to allow security to inspect the aircraft and its passengers. After this was carried out, the flight continued on its journey (via Reuters).

"Experts said the Wi-Fi network in question was created on board," the airline said in a statement.

"No irregularities were seen after security procedures were carried out, and passengers were brought back on the plane once boarding restarted."

There were 100 passengers aboard the flight.

Any individual with an internet-connected mobile device is able to create their own network and name it whatever they wish.

Turkish Airlines did not confirm whether authorities had managed to identify who had christened the network 'Bomb on board'.

Assuming the culprit very quickly removed or renamed the network, it would be quite difficult to trace exactly who was responsible.

Joke network names are commonplace. There are simple puns ("It hurts when IP", "Pretty Fly For a Wi-Fi") and others are used to vent frustration on public transport. Complex put together a pretty great list of some examples.