Chase Sapphire Reserve℠

E-Cigarette Causes Fire on Hawaiian Airlines Flight

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

Update: Initial reports stated that smoke had reached the cockpit of the aircraft. However, an airline employee confirmed that the smoke was contained to the cargo compartment.

If the FAA (or an airline employee) tells you not to do something, you should probably listen up. Earlier this week, Hawaiian Airlines flight 226 from Honolulu (HNL) to Kahului (OGG) landed safely in Maui without incident after smoke was detected in the cargo area. According to local media, a fire started in the cargo hold of the aircraft in a checked bag that contained an e-cigarette — which are banned by the FAA in checked luggage. Two bags were damaged by the fire. According to an FAA statement, a fire was extinguished in the cargo hold after the Boeing 717 landed safely at OGG.

E-cigs aren’t allowed in checked luggage, but they are permitted in your carry-on. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

There were no injuries to the crew or the 128 passengers on board as a result of the incident, however it could have turned out much worse if the plane was flying over water and there was nowhere to safely land. Thankfully, this island-hopper was within a short distance of its destination when the fire occurred.

The FAA has banned all electronic cigarette and vaping devices, along with any spare lithium batteries from checked luggage. However, the agency still allows passengers to carry them on board. Lithium batteries can pose a fire hazard and therefore must be kept with the passenger in the aircraft cabin for the duration of the flight. Last year, many airlines banned passengers from taking hoverboards on board for similar safety concerns about lithium batteries inside the devices. Let this incident serve as a reminder of how important it is to respect regulations, especially where in-flight safety is concerned.

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

Apply Now
  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Named a 'Best Credit Card' for Travel Rewards by MONEY Magazine
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
  • No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards
Intro APR Regular APR Annual Fee Foreign Transaction Fee Credit Rating
N/A 16.24%-23.24% Variable Introductory Annual Fee of $0 the first year, then $95 0% Excellent Credit