On Sunday, a passenger’s laptop battery caught fire on an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737. The aircraft had to make an unplanned stop en route to San Francisco, as reported by Fox Business.
Flight attendants extinguished the fire while the plane flew near Columbus, Ohio. According to Fox Business, Alaska Flight 29 took off from Newark, N.J. and needed to make a stop at John Glenn Columbus International Airport.
The flight crew requested emergency services on standby for the arrival. The aircraft then landed safely on runway 28L approximately 25 minutes later, Simple Flying reported.
The aircraft stayed on the ground for around two and a half hours and reached San Francisco with a three-hour delay.
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“No smoke or other issues were reported, and the plane arrived in [San Francisco International Airport] around 11:30 p.m. PT after a nearly two-and-a-half hour delay,” said a spokesperson for Alaska Airlines. “Our flight attendants acted swiftly and did a fantastic job keeping everyone safe,” the spokesperson also mentioned.
The airline’s electronics policy requests that “all electronic devices (e.g. laptops, cameras, and portable games) are turned off and switches are protected from accidental activation.”
“Many common items used every day in the home or workplace may seem harmless; however, when transported by air, they can be very dangerous. Variations in temperature and pressure during a flight can cause items to leak, generate toxic fumes, or start a fire,” the airlines said on its website.