Even though Samsung (now down $26 billion) has officially pulled the plug on production of its Note 7 and the US has actually banned the phone from all flights, some airlines (namely Alaska, Virgin and Delta) are taking extra measures to ensure the safety of their passengers should one happen to find its way on board.
As Alaska Airlines explained on its Website, flights will now be equipped with HOT-STOP L Bags, fire-resistant receptacles specifically designed to withstand heat of up to 3,200 degrees Fahrenheit in the event of an exploded electronic device. Also equipped with flame-retardant gloves for flight attendants to safely get burning items into the bags, they’re a one-stop shop for fire risks like the Note.
While the airline doesn’t mention Samsung or its exploding products specifically, it’s highly likely that the company’s most recent troubles inspired the addition.
“With passengers and crew using more and more electronic devices onboard our aircraft, we needed to have a plan for when those devices act up,” said Vice President of Safety for Alaska Airlines, Tom Nunn. “An in-flight fire is one of the most dangerous conditions on an aircraft. These containment bags will keep a fire from spreading and causing further harm.”
The man certainly has a point!
Here’s to making our future flights safer regardless of technology faux pas.
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(h/t Mashable, photos via Alaska Airlines + Drew Angerer/Getty)