A lithium battery in a passenger's laptop caught fire aboard a cross-country JetBlue flight Tuesday, causing the plane to divert to Grand Rapids, Michigan, the Federal Aviation Administration said. "I was stunned", Kat Honniball said.
There were no reported injuries, damages or delays.
More recently, concerns about lithium ion batteries catching fire in-flight have been in the spotlight as the Trump administration reportedly considers expanding a ban on laptops in cabins on worldwide flights.
Another passenger on the flight smelled smoke and noticed a backpack burning.
About 8 p.m., Flight 915 landed safely at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport, where it was inspected.
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A JetBlue flight had to make an emergency landing late last night after a passenger's laptop caught fire.
Firefighters responded to the incident at the MI airport as a precaution, but the fire was already extinguished by the time the plane landed, the airport posted on Twitter.
Most rechargeable electronic devices, like laptops, are powered by lithium-ion batteries. The New York airline said the incident was being investigated and offered no additional details Wednesday. Passengers were loaded back on board and taken to San Francisco.
Spurred by fears of terrorism, the Department of Homeland Security in March banned large electronics on US-bound flights from eight Middle Eastern and North African countries ‒ a total of 10 different airports.