A disruptive passenger who caused a passenger plane to make an emergency diversion has shown the dangers of mobile phone fires.

The man appeared to be drunk and was abusing passengers on the EasyJet flight from Manchester to Iceland before smashing his phone.

An eye-witness said this caused smoke to come from the battery before "a guy jumped out to stop it setting fire to the plane.”

The plane left Manchester at 4.07pm on Monday, January 28, but after the man caused problems the pilot diverted to Edinburgh so the passenger could be arrested by police less than an hour later.

The eyewitness added: "When he realised we were landing in Scotland to arrest him he kicked off and smashed his phone up.

"This snapped the battery which started smoking on the aisle floor." 

* The problem of fires in personal electronic devices such as mobile phones and laptops on passenger planes seems to be growing. One way to tackle such incidents on planes is to use an AvSax fire containment bag which can deal with fires in personal electronic devices and are now carried on aircraft operated by 65 airline companies across the world – including some of the biggest and best-known.

AvSax  – which won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in 2018 - has been used 28 times to deal with emergencies since the start of 2017.

More than 13,000 AvSax are now carried on aircraft worldwide. Deployment is so effective that extremely expensive diversions to alternate airports are avoided. 

* Written by Andy Hirst at AH! PR http://www.ah-pr.com/