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Overheated E-Cigarette Battery Causes Small Fire on Flight

No one was injured, and the flight taxied to the gate without incident



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    American Airlines Group Inc. planes stand at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) in Grapevine, Texas, U.S., on Friday, April 6, 2018.

    American Airlines says a passenger's electronic cigarette caused a small fire on a flight from Las Vegas to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.

    American Airlines spokeswoman Leslie Scott says the e-cigarette's battery overheated shortly after Flight 168 landed Friday night. Scott says flight attendants stamped out the fire.

    No one was injured. The 138 passengers and crew of six taxied to a gate.

    The U.S. Transportation Department has banned e-cigarettes from checked bags because of the potential for them to catch fire. Passengers may put then in carry-on bags, but cannot use them aboard planes.

    Scott says the incident was reported to the Federal Aviation Administration, which tracks such events.