Last updated: 12:45 PM ET, Fri March 18 2016

E-Cigarette Fire Causes Delay on Delta Air Lines Flight

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | March 18, 2016

E-Cigarette Fire Causes Delay on Delta Air Lines Flight

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On Wednesday, an electronic cigarette in a carry-on bag on a Delta Air Lines flight caused a fire that forced the takeoff of the plane to be delayed.

According to David Caplan of ABC News, Delta Air Lines Flight 689 was scheduled to depart from Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport at 7:25 p.m. local time en route to Lambert–St. Louis International Airport when the incident occurred.

The plane was still on the Atlanta airport tarmac when a customer's bag caught fire due to an e-cigarette. Emergency crews entered the plane and extinguished the fire, delaying the departure time by 25 minutes.

By the time emergency crews boarded the plane, though, there were no flames coming from the backpack containing the e-cigarette, and all 160 passengers and six crew members were uninjured following the incident.

After emergency crews exited the Delta Air Lines flight, the plane finally departed from Atlanta at 7:50 p.m. local time and eventually landed in St. Louis at 8:51 p.m. local time

Unlike some other airlines, Delta allows electronic cigarettes onboard, stating on its website, “Battery-powered portable electronic smoking devices (e.g., e-cigarettes, e-cigs, e-cigars, e-pipes, e-hookahs, personal vaporizers, electronic nicotine delivery systems) when carried by passengers or crewmembers for personal use must be carried on one's person or in carry-on baggage only. Recharging of the devices and/or the batteries on board the aircraft is not permitted.”


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