The Galaxy J7 phone was inside the bag of a passenger named Arpita Dhal in a flight from Delhi to Indore. Just 15 minutes after the flight took off, Arpita noticed the handbag started emitting smoke, and then she had to call the cabin crew members for help. "It was a mid-air panic". After a check, the couple (Arpita and her husband) identifies the phone as Samsung Galaxy J7.
They made a decision to submerge Arpita Dhal's devices in water as a measure of precaution.
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In what can be debated as major in-flight passenger's safety lapse, the passengers reported that the on-board fire-extinguishers did not work that put the lives of around 120 passengers at risk. After this incident, the fire extinguishers of the Jet Airways doesn't work and that's why they have to put the phone in the water. The same thing happened yesterday when a Jet Airways flight between the Delhi to Indore became an eyewitness to this incident. "Jet Airways crew immediately took charge of the situation, as also all necessary steps as precautionary measure, and as per the prescribed guidelines", the spokesperson told Hindustan Times.
Gadgets 360 has reached out to Samsung to comment on the issue.
Samsung India spokesperson responded by saying, "We are in touch with relevant authorities for more information".
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While so far this is a one-off incident and the exact reason behind the fire is still not know.
The incident once again brought back memories of the Samsung's now-discontinued premium smartphone Galaxy Note 7, whose multiple infamous instances of catching fire prompted the DGCA to issue a ban on it past year.
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Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) comes with a display of 5.50 inch. the phone is powered by a 1.6GHz octa-core processor.