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Smoking tablet forces flight to make emergency landing

by Jacob Kleinman | September 29, 2016September 29, 2016 5:00 pm EST

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A tablet jammed inside an airplane seat on a Delta flight from Detroit to Amsterdam forced the plane to land in Manchester after the device began to smoke and emit a noticeable smell. ABC News reports that the incident was caused when an unidentified Samsung tablet became crushed inside a passenger’s seat.

It’s unclear exactly what happened, but it sounds like the device fell into the seat and became stuck after the passenger either reclined or returned to an upright position. The tablet and the foam cushioning in the seat then started to release smoke. The plane made an emergency landing in Manchester where the seat was replaced. It was back in the air two hours later.

The FAA is still reviewing the incident, however, it seems clear that the recalled Galaxy Note 7 was not involved.

“It appears that external factors contributed to this incident,” Samsung said in a statement. “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.”

It makes sense that a crushed device might overheat under pressure, and it’s a good reminder to keep an eye on all your devices when you fly. It probably also wouldn’t hurt if the airlines gave passengers a little more room to breathe instead of packing in as many people as possible, but that’s unlikely to change anytime soon.

ABC News

Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...