American Airlines 737 Diverts After Soda Spills Onboard

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Earlier this week, an American Airlines 737-800 diverted to Jacksonville, Florida after a passenger spilled a soda in the Main Cabin on the in-flight entertainment system which also got on to one of the seatback power ports.

Details are vague on if there was actual damage or if it was more of a precautionary measure, however surely this can’t be the first time a passenger has spilled a drink before.

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American Airlines provided us with the following statement:  

American Airlines flight 1090, a flight from Miami (MIA) to Chicago O’Hare (ORD), diverted to Jacksonville, Fla., (JAX) due to a maintenance issue; a passenger spilled a soda on an electrical item in the main cabin. Our highly trained crew quickly reacted, and resolved the issue. Out of abundance of caution, the crew made the decision to divert to JAX.

The Boeing 737 landed safely, and taxied to the gate. A maintenance team is currently inspecting the aircraft.

We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience, and are working to get them to Chicago as soon as possible.

Bottom Line

Great job to the captain and crew for making the decision to divert and for the plane landing safely in Jacksonville. However, it makes you wonder how safe the power ports are if the plane had to divert after a passenger accidentally spilled a drink on to it, unless there was something more to this story.

Feel free to comment below with your thoughts on this incident. 

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