Plane Evacuates After Passenger’s Phone Catches Fire

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An Alaska Airlines flight from New Orleans was evacuated Monday when a passenger’s phone caught on fire shortly after landing in Seattle.

The fire caused the cabin to fill with hazy smoke, prompting the evacuation, reported Q13 Fox. Alaska Airlines crew members used a battery-containment bag to extinguish the fire.

The 128 passengers and six crew members on board used the evacuation slides to exit the aircraft. (RELATED: Watch Passengers Slide Out Of Plane And Onto Ice After Emergency Landing In Russia)

“The crew acted swiftly using fire extinguishers and a battery containment bag to control the fire and deployed the evacuation slides due to hazy conditions in the cabin,” an Alaska Airlines spokesperson said, according to Newsweek. “All guests exited the aircraft. Medics met the aircraft to attend to guests and crew.”

Passengers only reported “minor scrapes and bruises” according to a tweet by the Seattle- Tacoma Intl. Airport. The incident also did not disrupt normal airport operations.

This is not the first time a cell phone has caught fire on a flight. The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was banned from all flights by the FAA in 2017 for randomly bursting into flames.