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Airplane & Airport

Vaping device cause of fire that sent hundreds of passengers, TSA agents running at Denver airport

DENVER — A passenger’s vaping device is being blamed for a fire that disrupted operations at Denver International Airport last month. According to a Friday release from the Denver Fire Department, the dissembled device was inside the passenger’s travel bag when it caught fire as it passed through a TSA X-ray machine in the south […]

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Battery fire on plane points to danger in the sky

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — Exploding lithium batteries are scary enough when it happens at home – what if you’re in a plane? The Federal Aviation Administration says the incidents of exploding or smoking batteries are on the rise at airports and on planes. The latest incident happened aboard a Russian passenger jet late Wednesday, when […]

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Airlines Restrict ‘Smart Luggage’ Over Fire Hazards Posed By Batteries

Airlines including American, Delta and Alaska have announced restrictions on so-called smart luggage because the lithium-ion batteries found in many of these suitcases pose a fire risk. These kinds of bags have proliferated in recent years, including motorized suitcases you can ride and one pitched as an autonomous “robot companion” that follows you around. Prices can range […]

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Boeing Dreamliner’s Lithium-Ion Battery Fails On United Flight To Paris

A United Airlines Boeing 787 experienced a lithium-ion battery failure on approach to Charles de Gaulle Airport on November 13. United Flight 915 was at the end of a seven-hour flight from Washington’s Dulles Airport when pilots received a warning that the main battery was overheating. United spokesman Charles Hobart confirmed the event, which was first reported […]

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Smoking Camera Battery Sparks Scare at Orlando Airport, Canceling Flights

A lithium ion camera battery apparently caught fire and began smoking at Orlando International Airport on Friday, causing a panic that toppled stanchions, raised fears of a shooting and canceled around 24 flights, authorities said. The airport said that a loud noise was reported at around 5 p.m. in front of a security checkpoint, and […]

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Samsung Galaxy J7 explodes mid-air in Jet Airways flight with 120 people onboard

Samsung’s “explosive” problems have no visible end to them. Right after the company made an impressive comeback with the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 the company is back in lime-light for all the bad reasons. Samsung’s “explosive” problems have no visible end to them. Right after the company made an impressive comeback with the […]

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Smoke on SriLankan flight likely caused by lithium-ion battery

It’s not often that you’re on a flight and an overhead bin begins pumping out smoke. That, however, is what happened on a SriLankan Airlines flight from Kochi, India, to Colombo, Sir Lanka, on Sunday. The crew had just completed meal service when smoke began wafting through the back of the Airbus A330-200, according to a […]

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Lithium ion battery catches fire on Kochi-Colombo flight

The cabin crew on SriLankan Airlines’s Kochi to Colombo flight notice smoke from a lithium ion battery in a luggage bin, avert major fire. Colombo: A major incident was averted after alert crew aboard a SriLankan Airlines flight carrying over 200 passengers from Kochi to Colombo extinguished a mid-flight fire triggered by a Lithium-ion battery pack, […]

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Gulfstream jet makes emergency landing at Windsor Airport

Fire and ambulance emergency crews rushed to Windsor International Airport Sunday morning in response to a report of a jet in trouble and coming in for an emergency landing. The crew of a Gulfstream jet reported the aircraft was having battery or electrical problems, and a Windsor Fire & Rescue dispatcher advised responders it was […]

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Battery Explodes at Turkish Airport After Passenger Throws Power Bank During Security Spat

Throwing things out of anger is never a smart move, but it can also lead to more serious consequences. Especially when you’re at an airport and what you’re hurling at the ground is an explosion-prone lithium battery. This week, a man traveling to the UK caused a scene at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey, when he […]

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At Least 17 Lithium-Ion Batteries Have Exploded On Planes This Year

Many air travelers fly with multiple devices that use lithium-ion batteries: phones, laptops, tablets, e-readers, smartwatches, fitness band, and more. As these batteries have become so widely used, the number of incidents involving exploding lithium-ion batteries on planes also appears to be on the rise. This is according to recently released data [PDF] from the Federal […]

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US might expand laptop ban to 71 airports: Homeland Security

The U.S. government might expand a ban on larger electronics like laptops in airplane cabins to flights originating from dozens of airports in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, the head of Homeland Security said on Wednesday, though an expansion could be avoided if countries agree to improved security procedures. The U.S. restrictions imposed in […]

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What’s Behind the Increase in Lithium-Ion Battery Fires on Planes?

The FAA reports that, on average, one of these fires occurs every 10 days. Here’s what passengers need to know. An alarming increase in the number of smoke and fire incidents on airlines from passengers’ malfunctioning lithium-ion batteries is causing concern among safety and aviation experts as summer travel season approaches. “It’s one of the […]

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JetBlue flight diverted after fire in passenger’s electronic device

A fire on board forced a JetBlue flight to make an emergency landing Tuesday. Airport officials said the fire was caused by a lithium battery in an electronic device. Flight 915 left New York’s JFK airport early Tuesday evening and was headed for San Francisco, but not long after the flight took off, smoke started pouring out […]

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The US government’s laptop ban is now in effect — here’s what we know so far

The Department of Homeland Security’s ban on large electronics is now officially in effect. The ban, which was announced on Tuesday, forbids passengers from bringing any electronic devices larger than a cell phone into the cabin of certain flights to the US. Airlines were sent scrambling for answers to the operational nightmare created by the ban, after […]

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Midair firestorm: Lithium-ion batteries in airplane cargo spark fear

The U.S. and United Kingdom bans on personal electronics in the cabin of some flights from the Mideast and Africa have sparked worry about the risk of fires from lithium-ion batteries stored in cargo. Rechargeable batteries have raised concerns for years because poor packing or manufacturing flaws can occasionally cause catastrophic problems. Storing batteries in […]

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Woman’s Headphones Caught Fire Midflight, Australian Authorities Say

A passenger on a flight from Beijing to Melbourne, Australia, was listening to music on her own personal headphones when the headphones suddenly caught fire, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau says. The ATSB assessed that the batteries within the headphones were probably the cause of the fire. The Australian safety agency released information about the […]

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Speculation over whether overheating phone caused fire that brought down EgyptAir flight MS804

French authorities investigating the EgyptAir crash that killed 66 people are said to be looking into whether the plane was brought down by an overheating phone battery. According to Le Parisien, a source within the investigation told the French newspaper that the fire in the cockpit of the Airbus A320 may have started where the […]

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FedEx Airplane Fire Scare At Rochester Airport

Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) – There was a fire scare involving a cargo airplane at the Rochester airport Tuesday. The crew of a FedEx Boeing 757 reported it was dealing with a fire alarm from the rear hold of the plane as it was approaching the airport around 7 a.m. The plane landed without […]

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Cell phone battery ignites on Delta flight from Norfolk to Atlanta

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) — A cell phone battery ignited and caught fire Friday on a plane heading from Norfolk to Atlanta. According to the Virginian Pilot, Delta Airlines flight 2557 had just taken off when a cell phone battery that was not attached to a phone caught fire. “Somebody started yelling ‘FIRE, FIRE’,” said Virginian […]

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