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Smoking Samsung Tablet Grounds Delta Flight To Amsterdam

Impacting Travel | Gabe Zaldivar | September 28, 2016

Smoking Samsung Tablet Grounds Delta Flight To Amsterdam

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It hasn’t been what one would call a “banner year” for those travelers toting Samsung products around the world.

The latest headline comes from a Delta Air Lines flight leaving Detroit for Amsterdam that had to be diverted to Manchester because a Samsung tablet began to smoke in business class.

And in case you were wondering, no, these devices are not supposed to do that.

The Telegraph reports on the scary situation that happened while Detroit travelers were giddily flying to Europe. And it posted an official account from Delta that rounds out things nicely.

Here is that statement: “Delta flight DL138 on September 25 en route from Detroit to Amsterdam [was] diverted to Manchester due to smoke in the cabin. The aircraft landed safely and Delta’s maintenance quickly found the source and the aircraft was cleared to continue its journey. The safety of passengers and crew is Delta’s number one priority.”

If you are scoring at home, this would be one of a few examples of Samsung products being called into question.

Back in September, TravelPulse reported on a battery that caught fire on a, coincidentally, Delta Air Lines flight. In that case, it wasn’t reported that a Samsung product was specifically at fault, but the attendants at the time reminded passengers to turn off any Galaxy Note 7 devices.

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This furthered what has been a growing concern among many airlines after Samsung recalled the Galaxy Note 7 due to problems it had in generally acting like campfire kindling.

In early September, the FAA had to actually address the situation and issue a warning to airlines and passengers about the possible dangers.

According to the Telegraph, the most recent case had nothing to do with a Note 7, so consider this one amazing and very unfortunate coincidence for the makers of the tablet, which is already fielding a great deal of grief over its smartphone batteries.

As for the flight and its passengers. We imagine they were just a little frustrated with what turned out to be a two-plus hour sojourn in Manchester before carrying on to Amsterdam.

Now we do have to note the statement from Samsung posted in the publication that reiterates that this is indeed a separate incident from the smartphone dilemma and may have other elements working to cause the smoke scare: “It appears that external factors contributed to this incident. This is not related to the Galaxy Note 7. We have reached out to Delta to investigate as the cause is yet to be determined.”

As noted, the tablet was left under a seat by a previous passenger and the cause of the overheating is not yet known. All we do know is it’s now one expensive paperweight.


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