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Old Oct 12, 15, 6:44 am   #1
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Point of sale terminal battery on AS 17 catches fire

Flight attendants and pilot handled it well and put it out with an extinguisher.

But now we've been diverted to Buffalo and the plane will need to be inspected for overweight landing, etc.

So much for getting a solid nap in before landing in Seattle!
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Flight attendants and pilot handled it well and put it out with an extinguisher.

But now we've been diverted to Buffalo and the plane will need to be inspected for overweight landing, etc.

So much for getting a solid nap in before landing in Seattle!
The little hand held POS caught fire? Can not imagine it being a big deal. Thing would burn itself out in short order. Surprised about a diversion. I have seen worse fumes from the bathroom before.... lol!
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Old Oct 12, 15, 8:00 am   #3
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The important question is what is the probability we reboard and continue flight vs everyone getting put on new flights. I have 1 hr to either use my BarclayCard US Air lounge pass or hold onto it in case I have to connect through ORD. Hmmm... Living in Seattle means I never have a chance to use it.
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Old Oct 12, 15, 8:01 am   #4
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The little hand held POS caught fire? Can not imagine it being a big deal. Thing would burn itself out in short order. Surprised about a diversion. I have seen worse fumes from the bathroom before.... lol!
I think lithium ion battery fires can get fairly explosive, no? Granted it is small...
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I think lithium ion battery fires can get fairly explosive, no? Granted it is small...

indeed.
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The important question is what is the probability we reboard and continue flight vs everyone getting put on new flights. I have 1 hr to either use my BarclayCard US Air lounge pass or hold onto it in case I have to connect through ORD. Hmmm... Living in Seattle means I never have a chance to use it.
Holla! My best use of that pass ever. Stuck in Buffalo for 5 hours until the replacement flight arrives from Seattle. All alternate routes would require layovers in DTW on DL or ORD on UA and only arrive 2 hrs before our scheduled 7-8pmish arrival.

I feel bad for the people who were planning to connect in Seattle to Shanghai and Hawaii though.
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Old Oct 12, 15, 9:31 am   #7
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Holla! My best use of that pass ever. Stuck in Buffalo for 5 hours until the replacement flight arrives from Seattle. All alternate routes would require layovers in DTW on DL or ORD on UA and only arrive 2 hrs before our scheduled 7-8pmish arrival.

I feel bad for the people who were planning to connect in Seattle to Shanghai and Hawaii though.
surprised to hear they are flying in a whole new plane. will be interesting to hear/see what they have to do w/the original bird and how soon they get it back to Seattle.

who is handling ops in this situation for AS at BUF? AA, UA, DL?
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Old Oct 12, 15, 9:53 am   #8
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surprised to hear they are flying in a whole new plane. will be interesting to hear/see what they have to do w/the original bird and how soon they get it back to Seattle.

who is handling ops in this situation for AS at BUF? AA, UA, DL?
Looks like combo of DL, AS flight crew, and on-site airport manager. The DL person said they can't rebook anyone since they're just "handling the situation on contract" so pax are being told to call reservations.

They also mentioned this plane won't be flying passengers "for a while", but emphasis could've been for benefit for the unhappy pax who wanted to know why we couldn't just refuel and continue to Seattle.
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Holla! My best use of that pass ever. Stuck in Buffalo for 5 hours until the replacement flight arrives from Seattle. All alternate routes would require layovers in DTW on DL or ORD on UA and only arrive 2 hrs before our scheduled 7-8pmish arrival.
Those were the only options?

No options to connect on DL via ATL/JFK or AA via JFK/DFW? (says the MRer in me figure if one was going to be that late anyway, might as well squeeze out the miles and maybe double-dip).

But so many other hubs and airlines, I wonder why the stuck with just those two as options.
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Old Oct 12, 15, 10:34 am   #10
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Those were the only options?

No options to connect on DL via ATL/JFK or AA via JFK/DFW? (says the MRer in me figure if one was going to be that late anyway, might as well squeeze out the miles and maybe double-dip).

But so many other hubs and airlines, I wonder why the stuck with just those two as options.
I need this flight to qualify for MVP before thanksgiving travel and considering that I woke up at 5am (2am PST) to catch the original flight time I'm not in the mood to be in the air longer than necessary, all other hub options are going to get me there later I the evening and require traveling during work hours. Now I can squeeze out most of a work day off wifi.

Edit: pizza is here!
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Those were the only options?

No options to connect on DL via ATL/JFK or AA via JFK/DFW? (says the MRer in me figure if one was going to be that late anyway, might as well squeeze out the miles and maybe double-dip).

But so many other hubs and airlines, I wonder why the stuck with just those two as options.
AA does not fly to JFK or DFW from BUF.

sAA operates to ORD
sUS operates to PHL, DCA, and CLT, IIRC and sUS would not yet earn miles in AS (?)
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I thought these POS systems were essentially apple ipod touches now?
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http://flightaware.com/live/flight/A...515Z/KBUF/KGEG

It now looks like the flight is diverting again to Spokane. Strange.
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Old Oct 12, 15, 12:11 pm   #14
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AA does not fly to JFK or DFW from BUF.

sAA operates to ORD
sUS operates to PHL, DCA, and CLT, IIRC and sUS would not yet earn miles in AS (?)
Wow, BUF gets no love!

And confirming, sUS flights won't earn AS miles.

Tough break for OP... but hey, there's pizza!
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I thought these POS systems were essentially apple ipod touches now?
iPhone 6+ with an external battery pack/card reader.
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