Reports originating in Indianapolis
say an American Airlines flight there from Dallas was diverted to Little Rock for an uneventful landing this afternoon after a passenger's e-cigarette "malfunctioned." A substitute plane was dispatched.
The Fort Worth-Star Telegram quoted a passenger who said another passenger's e-cigarette battery pack began "smoking and sparking." Flight attendants put the battery pack in a lavatory and doused it with a fire extinguisher.
E-cigarette equipment is allowed in carry-on luggage, but smoking is not allowed on planes.