ThinkPad laptop fire causes terrorist panic at LA airport

Lenovo is investigating a laptop fire at Los Angeles airport last week that caused panic in a departure lounge after fears of a terrorist attack.

Lenovo is investigating a laptop fire at Los Angeles airport last week that caused panic in a departure lounge after fears of a terrorist attack.

 

Lenovo has yet to confirm whether the laptop involved was using a Sony battery. Problems with Sony batteries have led to millions of laptop batteries from Dell and Apple being recalled after some users’ Dell machines caught fire.

 

Lenovo has confirmed that the laptop involved was a ThinkPad T43 machine which ships with a Sony battery, but because some users may have replaced their original batteries, Lenovo has not yet confirmed which battery was involved.

 

The company, which bought IBM’s desktop and laptop PC business 18 months ago, immediately sent its own investigators to the airport on hearing of the incident.

 

Witnesses of the incident said a man rushed back from the plane loading ramp after his machine caught fire, which panicked other passengers who thought a terrorist attack was under way.

 

The machine created a large fire which had to be put out by security personnel. Lenovo has said its Sony batteries were not affected by the potential fire hazard in the Dell and Apple machines.

 

Lenovo laptop batteries may now join Dell and Apple machines in being banned by an increasing number of airlines.

 

Virgin, Quantas and Korean Air have already banned the use of Dell and Apple laptop batteries on their flights.

 

Earlier this week Toshiba recalled 340,000 Sony laptop batteries which may fail. It said they did not pose a fire hazard though.

 

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