In an Alaska Airlines flight from Bellingham, Washington to Hawaii, a passenger by the name Anna Crail was given what would be perhaps the most frightening scare of her life when iPhone 6 suddenly caught fire while she was watching a movie while in the middle of said flight.
Passengers of Alaska Airlines Flight Given an Absolute Scare When iPhone Bursts Into Flames
According to a report from Mitch Pittman of KomoNews.com, the passenger riding the Alaska Airlines flight stated, “When it started I thought we were going down, and I was like, ‘Oh my god, there’s a fire on the plane.’ All of the sudden there was like 8-inch flames coming out of my phone. And I flipped it off onto the ground and it got under someone’s seat, and the flames were just getting higher and a bunch of people stood up.”
The said Alaska Airlines Flight was carrying 163 passengers when the smartphone burst into flames and the fire broke out. Fortunately, on-board crew members were able to handle the situation quickly by extinguishing the flames. Unlike hoverboards (which were recently banned), airlines aren’t nearly as concerned about fired related to cell phones, smartphones, or other mobile devices. However, that may very well change after this incident.
John Nance, aviation expert, told KomoNews.com, “First of all, it would have to be an occurrence on a daily basis before that would ever be tolerated by the flying public. This is not the sort of situation where you have a hoverboard in the overhead, or stuffed in baggage, which is a big concern. The iPhones are almost universal on your person or right by you, so this is not something that’s not going to be discovered until it’s a problem.”
Therefore, the idea of banning smartphones and other mobile devices from airlines won’t be seen in the foreseeable future unless this kind of occurrence will happen more often. iPhones, or other smartphones, are always known to be kept very close to their users so this passengers will still be able to bring them along as part of their hand-carry items for their flights.
At the time of publishing, the cause of the fire is still under investigation by Alaska Airlines, the FAA, and even Apple. There are also similar events in the past, which includes an occurrence back in 2011 when a Regional Express passenger’s smartphone overheated then started producing smoke. This would suggest that the iPhone’s lithium-ion battery may be the main perpetrator here.