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Plane evacuated at Louisville airport after phone on board caught fire

A Southwest airplane bound for Baltimore had to be evacuated before taking off at the Louisville airport today because of… a smoking cell phone?

Multiple reports say 75 anxious passengers were pulled off the plane when a passenger’s Samsung Galaxy phone began to emit smoke prior to takeoff. It’s not the first time a Samsung phone has done this; in fact, there’s currently a recall on one of the phone models due to this happening far too often. The phones are literally catching fire.

Southwest issued this statement following the evacuation:

“Before Southwest Airlines Flight 994 departed from Louisville for Baltimore, a customer’s electronic device, believed to be a Samsung, began emitting smoke. All customers and crew deplaned safely via the main cabin door. Customers will be accommodated on other Southwest flights to their final destinations. Safety is always our top priority at Southwest and we encourage our customers to comply with the FAA Pack Safe guidelines.”

My phone catches fire all the time when I get the aux cord or send a hot tweet, but never on its own or on an airplane.

Figure it out, Samsung.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

18 Comments for Plane evacuated at Louisville airport after phone on board caught fire

  1. Cousins Fake Tooth
    1:02 pm October 5, 2016 Permalink

    Galaxy NOTE. Regular galaxy do not have this problem.

  2. CarltonBanks
    1:13 pm October 5, 2016 Permalink


  3. Sticky Ceiling
    1:17 pm October 5, 2016 Permalink

    Another reason why the iPhone is the greatest phone of all time.

    • Cousins Fake Tooth
      1:36 pm October 5, 2016 Permalink

      The iPhone is 4 year old technology when it comes out for the most part.

    • the ghost of Bill Hicks
      2:09 pm October 5, 2016 Permalink

      Nope. No headphone jack and the forced use of itunes to manage music. Nope.

    • Booby Petrino
      2:52 pm October 5, 2016 Permalink

      As someone who had and iPhone for years and switched to Galaxy, I can say I don’t ever plan on having an iPhone again. It blows in comparison.

    • Mathlete
      2:52 pm October 5, 2016 Permalink

    • Sticky Ceiling
      3:02 pm October 5, 2016 Permalink

      Haven’t used iTunes in 3-4 years to manage any music, you must be old.

      Kentucky : iPhone :: Louisville : Galaxy

  4. david8577
    1:19 pm October 5, 2016 Permalink

    Unless you are South Korean, why would you buy a South Korean phone?

    • CarltonBanks
      1:40 pm October 5, 2016 Permalink

      My shirt is from Sri Lanka. I am not.

    • m4ff3w
      1:42 pm October 5, 2016 Permalink

      What phone, made in America, did you buy?

    • david8577
      1:58 pm October 5, 2016 Permalink

      Very little is made in America anymore guys. However, you can at least buy from a company that was started in, and based in, the United States. There are a couple of choices.

    • The REAL Billy Hill
      2:17 pm October 5, 2016 Permalink

      Thanks, Obama….

    • Nerds
      2:24 pm October 5, 2016 Permalink

      Take a look at everything you own and report back as to how much is made in the States.

    • david8577
      2:46 pm October 5, 2016 Permalink

      Guys, you can try to justify sending all your money to foreign countries if you want. However, the more expensive the purchase the more likely you are to have options of buying something made in the United States. I couldn’t care less if my $20 shirt is made in Vietnam. Vietnam can have all the $1 a day jobs. But when I’m spending larger amounts of money, it’s important, for me at least, to buy from companies that are at least headquartered in the United States. Do as you will, but you probably shouldn’t complain if your job gets moved to South Korea.

    • Booby Petrino
      2:50 pm October 5, 2016 Permalink

      lol Apple has more money they’re hiding outside of the US than they do in the US. They hide from more taxes than Trump.

    • RealCatsFan
      3:24 pm October 5, 2016 Permalink

      I hope you drive an American made vehicle with all this pseudo patriotic posturing. But even if you do, a significant number of the parts are made overseas. BTW, I used to write software for Ford, until they outsourced it to India. Ain’t globalization grand?

    • david8577
      4:11 pm October 5, 2016 Permalink

      RealCatsFan, I own two new American built vehicles (74% and 60% US content), so I guess you need to edit your post to remove “pseudo”. Sorry about losing your job, incompetent government is mainly to blame, not you. You Samsung guys can proudly hold your phone in the air and sing Aegukka if you want. Lastly, America, F Yeah. 🙂