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E-cigarette battery ignites fire on American Airlines flight from Las Vegas to Chicago

An American Airlines traveler’s e-cigarette battery overheated and touched off a little fire not long after landing in Chicago Friday night.

Ross Feinstein, a representative for American, confirmed the occurrence to USA TODAY, taking note of that flight attendants, who have been trained on fighting high-energy battery fires, “quickly extinguished the fire and the plane taxied to the gate.”

None of the 138 travelers or six crew members on board Flight 168 from Las Vegas to Chicago O’Hare International Airport was harmed.

The Transportation Security Administration allows e-cigarettes and accessories to be continued board or in carry-on bags, however not in checked luggage.

The battery fire came only two days after another American flight from Los Angeles to New York was diverted to Phoenix after a mechanical issue with a galley refrigerator caused smoke to erupt in the cabin.

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