the headline has you picturing a psychic reading tarot cards with a cigarette
dangling from their mouth, that’s not it.
smoking card reader that forced an EWR-SEA AS flight to divert to BUF was one
of those battery operated credit card
reading machines airlines used for all those now necessary inflight purchases.
was carrying 181 pax and 6 crew when a crew member noticed smoke coming out of
a brand-new point-of-sale terminal in the rear galley.
There were no visible flames, but a flight attendant took care of the matter by
tossing the machine into a trash can and spraying it with a fire extinguisher.
airline says the incident was caused by an overheated lithium battery. It says
it has removed all of its new credit card reading machines for inspection. Does
that mean free drinks for all? We suspect not.
incident comes just 3 days after the Federal Aviation Administration backed
a ban of bulk shipments of rechargeable lithium batteries on passenger
believe the risk is immediate and urgent," FAA safety official Angela
Stubblefield said at a public meeting on the matter.