For quite some time every commercial flight I boarded in the U.S. made an announcement about Samsung Galaxy Note 7s catching on fire. You couldn’t bring one onboard. If you were living under a rock and still using a Note 7 darn it you’d learn about the risks if you tried to board a commercial flight.
I carry a Samsung Galaxy S7 phone. Less technically inclined folks would ask me, “isn’t that the one that catches fire?” No, no it isn’t.
That doesn’t mean Samsung phones won’t catch fire on planes though. In fact on Friday one apparently did — a Samsung Galaxy J7 — onboard a Jet Airways domestic flight from Delhi to Indore.
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Just fifteen minutes into Jet Airways flight 791’s 411 mile jaunt a passenger noticed smoke coming from her carry on bag which was beneath the seat in front of her. She called for the crew to assist.
- It turns out that she had three phones in her bag, and the Samsung J7 was smoking.
- But the onboard fire extinguishers didn’t work according to a passenger’s report.
- So they “put the phone in a tray of water”
- And crew put the other phones that weren’t smoking in water too because why not.
Jet Airways, while not commenting on inoperative fire extinguishers, says their “crew immediately took charge of the situation…as per the prescribed guidelines” and Samsung says they’re “in touch with relevant authorities for more information.”
It’s a good thing this happened in the passenger cabin, and that the US government didn’t force all world airlines to put electronics in checked luggage.
(HT: Live from a Lounge)