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Delta flight scare is a reminder never to put electronics in checked baggage

They’re found in everything from hair dryers to Apple’s AAPL, -0.85% iPads. But lithium-ion batteries shouldn’t be loaded into the cargo hold of planes.

A plane full of passengers traveling from Salt Lake City, Utah to Bozeman, Mont. on Delta Air Lines DAL, -0.78% discovered this in dramatic fashion on Monday. A member of the cabin crew brought a burned toiletry bag that contained lithium battery to show the passengers just how dangerous putting them in cargo can be.

One passenger tweeted photos of the melted toiletry bag. “Kudos to @Delta ground crew in Salt Lake for saving the day (and us),” Karia Rouda, an author of novels, “Best Day Ever” and “The Goodbye Year.

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