“Guilhem, [the] astonished reader reports: ‘The damn thing was on fire and produced several explosions for more than five minutes… For the record, this is [was] a Dell machine… It is only a matter of time until such an incident breaks out on a plane,’ he suggests,” The Inquirer reports.
“‘Fire extinguishers leave a mess on your suit and belongings; pack your stuff (if you can) and leave, leave, leave!’ he advises,” The Inquirer reports. “We don’t have any further details of the model of the computer in question. In light of the evidence, however, we’d suggest you avoid actually using a laptop on your lap.”
Full article with better photos here.
MacDailyNews Take: Almost always, this is an issue of shoddily-produced batteries. Virtually every PC company, including Apple, have not been immune to such issues in the past. Hopefully, this will never happen on a plane (or anywhere else again). Generally, we’re of the opinion that as PC companies race to the bottom in a desperate price race, we feel much safer with Apple’s quality vs. all others as Apple is not dependent on operating on razor-thin margins that might affect product quality.
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