The newest in-flight danger could be caused by that smartphone you carry with you every day. An iPhone that caught on fire aboard a plane is making people rethink smartphone safety during flights.
An iPhone 5 caught on fire in a young woman's purse on a plane from Tel Aviv to Prague. Luckily, the plane hadn't taken off yet, so the cabin was evacuated. No one was hurt and the passengers reboarded after the smoke cleared.
The fire probably started with the phone's lithium ion battery, a common battery used in most smartphones and tablets.
The CAA [Civil Aviation Authority] explains that 'although lithium batteries are very safe, their high energy levels mean they can pose a fire risk if damaged.'
'As a result they must be treated with care and stowed appropriately during flight.'
Right now, you can carry your gadgets on board with you, but that might change in the future if any more fires happen. You already have to check lithium ion batteries for video cameras and other gadgets with your bags.
Lithium ion batteries are safe, but they also carry a lot of energy and can be a fire risk if not handled correctly. So, follow my Battery Safety 101 and take care of your smartphones and tablets. Otherwise, you could be putting yourself in danger.