Air traffic control, we have a problem...
A Liaoning man was recently detained by Shanghai police for using an illegal radio to interfere with the city's airport frequencies and broadcast sex ads, Shine reports.
The incident first unfolded on the evening of December 8, when the airport traffic control towers of both Shanghai Pudong International Airport and Shanghai Hongqiao Airport experienced interferences — specifically, ads promoting products to improve men’s sex lives. It was the first time an illegal radio had disrupted the operations of either airport. Luckily, there were no accidents caused by the shady transmissions.
The following day, the source was discovered to be a radio transmitter located on the 33rd floor of a residential complex in Yangpu district. When police arrived at the apartment, however, they found the transmitter had been unplugged and no suspects at the scene. Chen was last seen at the apartment on December 8.
Police were later able to track him down as he headed back to his hometown in Liaoning. After he was caught on December 27, Chen confessed that he had purchased the men's products, ads and radio off the website 1168.tv. The website claimed the RMB9,800 transmitter was able to send ads that could be heard up to 10 kilometers away.
Once Chen set up the system at the apartment — which he had allegedly leased under a fake ID card — he chose an unused frequency to broadcast the ads. He estimates around 20 people called in to buy the products once the ads started playing.
Chen is now being held in a Yangpu district detention center and faces up to seven years in prison for "disturbing the order of radio communication administration." Meanwhile, police are still on the lookout for the two suspects who helped deliver the men's products to customers.
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