Power bank catches fire on China flight26 Feb 2018
A recent incident on a China Southern Airlines flight serves as a useful reminder to travellers about why they must heed the advice and instructions of officials at the airport.
Travellers should also check aviation security and airline websites.
Passengers on the flight from Guangzhou to Shanghai on Sunday (February 25) had to disembark when a power bank caught fire in the overhead compartment.
China Southern Airlines said in a statement on Chinese microblogging site Weibo that passengers were boarding flight CZ3539 when smoke and fire was seen coming from a passenger's bag in the overhead bin.
The fire was put out with the help of the fire and security departments, and did not cause further damage, the airline said in the post.
The passenger who owned the bag was taken to assist the police in investigations.