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Teenager backtracks after tweeting threat at American Airlines

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Be careful what you wish for. It is a lesson that Twitter user @QueenDemetriax_, or Sarah, may well have learned after tweeting a threat at the official American Airlines account, hoping she would be “Demi Lovato famous.”

Referring to the U.S. pop star, teenage Twitter user @QueenDemetriax_ said “I always wanted to be famous, but I meant like Demi Lovato famous, not Osama bin Laden famous,” after she pretended to be an al-Qaeda operative in a tweet on Sunday.

“@AmericanAir hello my name’s Ibrahim and I’m from Afghanistan. I’m part of Al-Qaeda and on June 1st I’m gonna do something really big bye,” she tweeted.

@AmericanAir responded by tweeting, “@QueenDemetriax_ Sarah, we take these threats very seriously. Your IP address and details will be forwarded to security and the FBI.”

The response, which has been deleted from the American Airlines account, pushed Sarah into a tweeting frenzy.

“@AmericanAir I was kidding pls don’t I’m just a girl pls,” read one tweet.

“@AmericanAir and I’m not from Aghanistan [Afghanistan],” read another.

Sarah’s latest tweet to American Air reads “@AmericanAir pls pls pls can I do something to make it good pls I'm so scared I'm just a 14 year old white girl I'm not a terrorist pls.”

A spokesperson for the airlines explained why Sarah’s tweet was removed from the official Twitter stream.

“We took it down basically because it generated a lot of traffic,” spokeswoman Dori Alvarez told the New York Daily News on Sunday.

“We took it down so we could better focus on our customers.”

According to the New York Daily News report, an FBI spokesperson refused to discuss whether Sarah’s tweet was being looked into as a possible threat.

Almost famous

The offending tweets have gone viral on social media, with tweeps sharing their thoughts.

“@QueenDemetriax_ we’re waiting to see if you get arrested,” tweeted user Justin Witham.

“Ladies and gentlemen I present to you the stupidest person on twitter @QueenDemetriax_,” tweeted Meaghan ‏from the account @exhaleliam.

“@QueenDemetriax_ that was an idiotic thing to do. I hope you learned your lesson. Be careful what you say and do on the internet. It's 4ever,” tweeted user Brooklyn Jones.

Meanwhile, a tweet from a user named Osama Bin Laden reads “@QueenDemetriax_ don’t worry Sarah I like you.” It was posted in response to Sarah’s tweet: “All those Americans are sending me hate messages, leave me alone. Go get some McDonalds.”