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How to Protect Travelers from Phones that Catch Fire

A Prime Insurance Special about the Airline Industry

Trip cancellations, travel delays, lost or stolen luggage and health concerns, as well as a host of other possible emergencies prompt travelers the world-over to purchase travel insurance.  Now there’s another issue.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones have come to the forefront recently with warnings about overheating dangers, but no electronic device is beyond risk.

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If you are worried about your handheld device and the possibility of it overheating, you are not the only one. The airlines are thinking about the fire potential as well.

Aside from the Federal Aviation Administration’s travel advisory about travelers desisting from cell phone or computer laptop use or from checking them in together with luggage, some airplane companies are providing fire-containment bags on board, while others are discussing purchasing options.

 

Red in color, the fire-protective bags are constructed of fire-resistant matter. Fabricated to stow cell-phones and laptops, as well as to tolerate up to 3,200 degrees F heat, the bags are sealed with a strong zipper-like Velcro.

How it works

In the event an electronic device catches on fire, airline personnel are trained to:

  • deposit it within the bag
  • zip up the bag up so that the fire will be contained and be extinguished.

It is noteworthy that airplane cabins have traditionally been equipped with fire extinguishers and fire alarms and fire-squelching systems.

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Summary: Aside from travel insurance, now those hopping on a plane can be assured of how some airlines are dealing with a rising risk of overheated electronics.


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