- An e-cigarette caught fire shortly after an American Airlines plane landed in Chicago on Friday.
- Flight attendants quickly extinguished the blaze, the airline said in a statement.
- The incident follows a spate of electrical fires aboard planes.
In a statement to Business Insider, an airline representative said that “flight attendants quickly extinguished the fire and the plane taxied to the gate,” adding that employees are trained on fighting battery fires and that it would report the event to the Federal Aviation Administration.
Electrical fires have been the culprit in a string of delays and emergency landings in recent months. Most recently, an American Airlines flight from Los Angeles to New York had to land in Phoenix, Arizona, after what a passenger described as a “sudden burst of smoke” from a galley chiller. Overseas, a Pegasus Airlines flight en route to Paris was forced to land in Zagreb, Croatia, following an e-cigarette fire.
According to Transportation Security Administration guidelines, electronic cigarettes and vaping devices can be stored in carry-on bags or carried with a passenger but may not travel in checked bags.
Incidents are still rare, but they may be increasing. A recent report found that federal agencies had been underestimating the number of burns, injuries, and explosions related to e-cigarettes, which convert liquid nicotine into mist through the heating of a battery.
“As part of safety management and risk mitigation, we always evaluate additional ways to enhance existing procedures to ensure cabin safety,” the American Airlines representative said.
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