Laptop fire causes Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 to make unscheduled stop

Alaska Airlines praised its flight attendants for swift action

A passenger's laptop battery caught fire on an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 on Sunday and the aircraft had to make an unplanned stop en route to San Francisco.

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Flight attendants had to extinguish the fire while the plane was near Columbus, Ohio, after Alaska Flight 29 took off from Newark, N.J. It was forced to make a stop at John Glenn Columbus International Airport.

A Boeing 737-990 (ER) operated by Alaska Airlines takes off from JFK Airport on August 24, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

"No smoke or other issues were reported, and the plane arrived in [San Francisco International Airport] around 11:30 p.m. PT after a nearly two-and-a-half hour delay," a spokesperson for Alaska Airlines said. "Our flight attendants acted swiftly and did a fantastic job keeping everyone safe.”

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Alaska Airlines' electronics policy requests that all devices with lithium batteries, like laptops, be "turned off and switches are protected from accidental activation."

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