A Delta passenger captures the mess made in the aisle of the plane after ‘crazy turbulence and injuries’ during the flight. On his Twitter account, he said that the Delta crew handled the situation and the emergency landing ‘perfectly.’
A passenger’s vape pen caught fire in the overhead bin during boarding on a flight from New York to Houston on Wednesday.
“While boarding SkyWest flight 3879, operating as Delta Connection from LaGuardia to Houston, smoke appeared from a passenger’s bag in an overhead bin, caused by an overheated battery pack inside the bag,” Layne Watson, a SkyWest spokesperson, told USA TODAY. “Passengers deplaned routinely through the main cabin door and continued on to Houston on a different aircraft.”
Watson added the fire was caused by the vape pen’s “charger assembly” and a “flight attendant did put it out with an extinguisher.”
Passengers ultimately left New York at 7:35 p.m. EST, arriving in Houston at 10:34 p.m. CST, according to flight tracking details from FlightAware.
The Transportation Security Administration allows e-cigarettes and vaping devices in carry-on baggage, though they are not approved for checked luggage. The agency recommends checking with specific airlines in case they have further restrictions.
Delta prohibits “recharging of the devices and/or the batteries on board the aircraft.”
USA TODAY has reached out to LaGuardia Airport for comment.
Contributing: Dawn Gilbertson
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