Some pretty startling news coming out of New York’s La Guardia airport where reportedly a vape pen caught fire on a Delta aircraft while the plane was still on the tarmac. A vape pen (or e-cigarette) works by heating a liquid which generates an aerosol, or “vapor”, that is inhaled by the user. The liquid in the e-cigarette, called e-liquid, or e-juice, is usually made of nicotine, propylene glycol, glycerine, and flavorings. The propylene glycol is flammable. The flight was headed to Houston when passengers noticed smoke coming from an overhead bin storage compartment above the passengers’ seats.
Video, provided by NowThis staff who were on the flight show flames coming from the overhead bin where it was stated that the vape pen was stored during taxiing of the aircraft.
This is not the first time this has happened. Back in March 2016 another Delta Air Lines flight at Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport experienced a similar fire after an e-cigarette belonging to a passenger ignited on board the flight.
Delta Air Lines has a specific policy regarding vape cigarettes and devices. It states :
Here is Delta’s e-cigarette policy:
“Battery-powered portable electronic smoking devices (e.g., e-cigarettes, e-cigs, e-cigars, e-pipes, e-hookahs, personal vaporizers, electronic nicotine delivery systems) when carried by passengers or crew members for personal use must be carried on one’s person or in carry-on baggage only. Recharging of the devices and/or the batteries on board the aircraft is not permitted.”
A video of the February 13th incident can also be seen at NowThis’ Twitter post.
All passengers safely deplaned the aircraft.