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Smoking tablet forces Etihad flight to divert to Dublin

The flight landed safely in the Irish capital after smoke was found emanating from a passenger's tablet device

Smoking tablet forces Etihad flight to divert to Dublin

An Etihad Airways flight headed to Washington DC was forced to divert to Ireland after smoke was seen coming from a passenger’s tablet, the airline said in a statement on Wednesday.

In a statement, an Etihad spokesperson said that flight EY131 on September 16 was “diverted to Dublin as a precaution due to smoke emanating from a guest’s tablet device.”

“The situation was managed swiftly by the crew and the aircraft landed safely in Dublin, where the device [was] removed before the flight continued to its destination,” the spokesperson added. “The safety and comfort of its guests and crew is Etihad’s top priority and we regret any discomfort or inconvenience caused by this necessary diversion.”

Earlier in September, a number of Gulf airlines – including Etihad, Emirates, Oman Air and Flydubai – banned Apple MacBook Pro laptop computers in their check-in luggage.

The move came amid fears over the batteries over-heating and potentially starting fires.

“Following a safety-related recall of some Apple MacBook Pro Laptop computers, Etihad Airways has banned the carriage of MacBook Pro computers in checked luggage,” an Etihad statement said.

“Guests may still carry MacBook Pro laptops on flights, but only in cabin baggage. The laptops subject to the manufacturer’s recall must remain switched off throughout the flight. Charging of the devices will not be permitted in flight,” it added.

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