Samsung Galaxy A21 reportedly catches on fire in a plane


Phones exploding aren’t new, especially since the lithium-ion batteries used in these phones can be volatile and dangerous when not handled correctly. Given that we walk around with our phones in our pockets or bags, it is understandable that some might be concerned that they could explode at any moment.

Worse still when it happens during a flight, which was the case according to a report from The Seattle Times. The report says that a passenger’s smartphone caught on fire during a flight from New Orleans to Seattle. The fire was quickly put out using a battery containment bag, but the amount of smoke forced the deployment of evacuation slides.

Thankfully, apart from the inconvenience, there were no serious injuries or any impact to airport operations. The phone in question is said to be the Samsung Galaxy A21, but this has yet to be confirmed. According to Perry Cooper, a spokesperson for the Port of Seattle:

“After much digging, I can tell you that the phone was burned beyond recognition. However, during an interview with one of our Port of Seattle Police officers, the passenger volunteered the phone was a Samsung Galaxy A21. Again, we could not confirm it by looking at the remains of the device.”

This wouldn’t be the first time a Samsung phone has exploded. We’re sure many can remember the dark times that was the Galaxy Note 7 series. We doubt that Samsung has another exploding phone problem on their hands as it appears to be a one-off situation.

Source: The Seattle Times

Tyler Lee
A graphic novelist wannabe. Amateur chef. Mechanical keyboard enthusiast. Writer of tech with over a decade of experience. Juggles between using a Mac and Windows PC, switches between iOS and Android, believes in the best of both worlds.

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