Smoke from Samsung Galaxy fire forces Alaska Airline evacuation

From the Seattle Times’ “Flight to Seattle evacuated after passenger’s Samsung Galaxy phone ignites” posted Tuesday:

A passenger’s cellphone caught on fire inside the cabin of an Alaska Airlines flight from New Orleans to Seattle that had landed at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Monday evening.

It was a Samsung Galaxy A21, according to Perry Cooper, a spokesman for the Port of Seattle.

“After much digging, I can tell you that the phone was burned beyond recognition,” Cooper said in an email. “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.”

The crew on Flight 751 extinguished the fire with a battery containment bag, but smoke forced the deployment of evacuation slides, a spokesperson for Alaska Airlines told KOMO-TV.

My take: Reminds me of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, which caught fire so often the U.S. Department of Transportation briefly stopped passengers from bringing them on board. Another reason to stick with Apple.

12 Comments

  1. Kirk DeBernardi said:
    Bad Karma for copycatting so long?

    Jus’ sayin’.

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    August 25, 2021
  2. Romeo A Esparrago Jr said:
    Where there’s smoke, there’s …

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    August 25, 2021
  3. Aaron Belich said:
    It happens, not always a phone either. I’m looking forward to the report on Aviation Herald.

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    August 25, 2021
  4. Lalit Jagtap said:
    I think such a behavior is expected where one can “run any app from any App Store”. And the Operating System may not have “strict sandboxing” to prevent “risky behavior”.

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    August 25, 2021
  5. Fred Stein said:
    OT, but not so much:

    Samsung’s next Watch runs Android Wear, and Google’s next chip will include Google’s Tensor in a Samsung-made SoC Exynos.

    That combo, Google + Samsung, still can’t compete with Apple, can’t match the quality nor the performance, nor ecosystem, nor……

    Not in phones, tablets, or wearables.

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    August 25, 2021
    • David Emery said:
      It’s going to be -very interesting- to see how Android evolves as Google produces its own processors. Will Samsung become the dedicated foundry? Another news item showed Samsung going on a huge hiring spree for people to cover ‘new/emerging technologies.’

      If Samsung is not Google’s production foundry, then will Android fork as Samsung and Google compete?

      Lots to think about in Android world going forward.

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      August 25, 2021
  6. Michael Goldfeder said:
    Once again, the Samsung Galaxy is winning the Ignition Bowl by a current score of 21 to 7.

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    August 25, 2021
  7. Fred Stein said:
    More OT, but not really.

    Yesterday Samsung announced $151B on Semi capex through 2030. That’s clearly in response to TSMC’s $100B capex announced in April 2021. (And to WW semi shortage.)

    Samsung and Google get it. They’re way behind.

    But still slow to respond and quality and and and.

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    August 25, 2021
  8. Bart Yee said:
    The A21 is a popular cheap smartphone. If more reports like this came in, this niche could melt down (pun intended) for Samsung if battery issues appeared again.

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    August 25, 2021
  9. Thomas Larkin said:
    Yeah, but does it have a standard headphone jack?

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    August 25, 2021
    • Gregg Thurman said:
      That’s funny. I have a closet full of devices that use connectors my current Mac, iPhone, iPad don’t support anymore. My favorite is a Harman-Garmin Sound Stick speaker system. Loved that thing.

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      August 25, 2021
      • David Emery said:
        What is the connector for the Sound Stick?

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        August 25, 2021

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