Report: Airlines Combat Exploding Phone Risk With Fire-Containment Bags

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Airlines aren't taking any chances with this whole exploding smartphone thing.

According to The Guardian, three US airlines — Virgin America, Delta, and Alaska Airlines — are installing fire-containment bags capable of withstanding 3,200-degree temperatures to fight on-board blazes caused by smartphones and other mobile devices.

"The bright red bags are made of a fire-resistant material and are designed to hold electronic devices such as mobile phones and laptops," The Guardian reports. At $1,800 each, they're not exactly cheap, but can you really put a price on safety—particularly when dummies abound?

Delta told The Guardian that installing the bags "has been on the to-do list, but has been accelerated by recent events."

American Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines have not yet deployed the fire-safety bags, but already have procedures in place and fire extinguishers to handle in-flight flames, The Guardian says.

Several airlines recently banned passengers from using their Samsung Galaxy Note 7s in flight amid a global recall over exploding batteries. Then, a supposedly safe Note 7 smoked up a Southwest Airlines plane about to take off from Louisville, Kentucky, which contributed to Samsung halting production of the phablet altogether.

Though the Note 7 has been dominating headlines of late, it's not the only mobile device that has caused issues in the sky. Last month, a Delta flight was grounded for two hours after a Samsung tablet fell inside a seat, became jammed, then started smoking, most likely because of the pressue on its battery. Meanwhile, back in March an iPhone reportedly caught fire on an Alaska Airlines flight.

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