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Sun. Jul 14th, 2024

A United Airlines flight with 157 passengers was diverted to Ireland after a laptop got stuck in a business class seat

By Vaseline May30,2024

  • A United Airlines flight was 500 miles above the Atlantic Ocean when it turned over.

  • A passenger’s laptop got stuck in his business class seat, Paddle Your Own Kanoo reported.

  • The flight’s 157 passengers had to spend the night in Ireland because the flight crew had a timeout.

A transatlantic United Airlines flight had to turn around after a business class passenger’s laptop became stuck in his seat, travel news site Paddle Your Own Kanoo reported.

Sunday’s flight from Zurich to Chicago was diverted to Shannon, Ireland. Data from Flightradar24 shows that the Boeing 767 was about 500 miles above the Atlantic Ocean when it turned over.

PYOK reported that engineers were able to free the laptop from the seat after the plane landed, but the flight crew had reached the maximum time on the clock so they could not fly the 157 passengers onward to Chicago.

In a statement shared with Business Insider, a United spokesperson said the flight was diverted to “address a potential safety risk caused by a laptop being stuck in an inaccessible location.”

They added that United provided hotels for customers and arranged a connecting flight to Chicago on Monday.

According to Flightradar24, the Boeing 767 will take off from Shannon more than 24 hours after landing.

It’s not uncommon for laptops or phones to get stuck in seats, and airline safety videos often warn passengers about this. They can pose a safety risk because the lithium batteries can catch fire – the same reason why travelers are told to pack such devices in their carry-on luggage, rather than in their checked luggage.

Continuing the flight over the Atlantic Ocean could have been risky because if the laptop caught fire, there would be no convenient landing point.

In March, a Breeze Airways flight from Los Angeles to Pittsburgh had to make an emergency landing after a passenger’s laptop caught fire, sending smoke into the cabin.

Have you recently had any problems during a flight? Contact this reporter at [email protected].

Read the original article on Business Insider

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