JetBlue Fire From Passenger's Laptop Battery Diverts Flight

Marcus Newton
June 1, 2017

The incident took place on JetBlue flight 915 from New York's JFK airport to San Francisco last night, CBS News reports.

There were no injuries to the 158 people on board or damages to the plane, airport officials said.

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The flight was diverted "due to a lithium battery fire from a passenger's laptop", the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement to KPIX.

The airport fire department cleared the scene.

"I didn't know if it was a device on fire or the plane on fire because they didn't tell us anything", passenger Alan Honniball said.

Turns out the lithium battery from a laptop inside a backpack in the overhead bin had caught fire.

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Lithium batteries have drawn attention recently for unexpectedly catching fire in some devices.

Past year when the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone triggered a number of similar explosions and fires, resulting in its recall, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) banned the phone from all commercial flights, fearing some consumers would continue using their phones, despite the danger.

The Trump administration's laptop ban has been in place since March and covers nonstop flights to the U.S. from 10 airports in eight countries in the Middle East and North Africa.

The United States is considering a ban on laptops on flights between the USA and Europe.

"There's a real threat", Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said.

Flight 915 landed safely in San Francisco early Wednesday morning.

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