On Tuesday, JetBlue Flight 915 from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport to San Francisco was diverted to Michigan after a lithium-ion battery in a device in a passenger's bag caused a fire.
It's an occurrence that exposes one of the major dangers experts have associated with the Trump administration's ban on large electronics in the cabins of certain airliners.
The Airbus A320, with 158 passengers and crew on board, landed safely at Gerald Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids around 8 p.m. local time.
According to the airline, the decision to divert was made after "reports of smoke emitting from a carry-on bag holding an electronic device." However, airport authorities say the fire onboard the aircraft had been extinguished by the time the plane landed.
"On May 30, JetBlue Flight 915 from New York's JFK to San Francisco diverted to Grand Rapids, Mich., following reports of smoke emitting from a carry-on bag holding an electronic device," JetBlue said in a statement. "The flight landed safely, and the aircraft was inspected by maintenance crews before customers continued on to San Francisco."
There have been persistent concerns about the increased risk of cargo fires caused by lithium batteries in the bellies of commercial airliners.
"Lithium-ion batteries are inherently volatile," Michael Mo, the cofounder and CEO of KULR Technology, told Business Insider earlier this year. "It's statistics. It's not a matter of if, but a matter of when, one of these things blow."
(cont) 158 people on board are all safe, no injuries and fire was out before the plane landed at GRR.-; FlyGRFord (@FlyGRFord) May 31, 2017
According to Mo, who specializes in thermal-management systems for batteries, it's better for the batteries to be in the cabin as opposed to the cargo hold. He said that when a fire happens, "it's better to have humans nearby to react and put out the fire."
This is what seems to have happened onboard Flight 915.
Fortunately for JetBlue, no injuries have been reported, and the flight was able to carry on to San Francisco after the airport's fire department cleared the aircraft.
Our Fire Department cleared the scene, no injuries and all clear for JetBlue Flt#915. Plane is fueled up, & will be back en route to SFO-; FlyGRFord (@FlyGRFord) May 31, 2017
The Trump administration's laptop ban has been in place since March and covers nonstop flights to the US from 10 airports in eight countries in the Middle East and North Africa. The Department of Homeland Security is evaluating an expanded ban that would include nonstop flights from Europe, but no formal decision has been made.
This post originally appeared on Business Insider.