Alaska Airlines Flight 17 from Newark, N.J., to Seattle was diverted to Buffalo, N.Y., after a credit-card reader malfunctioned, according to an airline spokeswoman. No one was hurt, and passengers will continue to Seattle later today.
An Alaska Airlines flight from Newark, N.J., to Seattle early Monday morning was diverted to Buffalo, N.Y., after a credit-card reader began to smoke in the plane’s cabin. The smoke orginated in the battery compartment of the device, according to a statement posted on Alaskaair.com.
“There were no flames,” said Nancy Trott, a spokeswoman for Alaska Airlines. “The flight crew used a fire extinguisher to stop the device from smoking while the captain made flight-emergency arrangements.”
The card reader was a new device recently introduced on Alaska aircraft. The devices are now being removed and inspected.
There were no injuries to the 181 passengers and six crew members aboard Flight 17, a Boeing 737-900ER, according to Trott.
Passengers were booked through on another aircraft, Flight 9232, which is scheduled to depart from Buffalo at 5:20 p.m. local time.