Maybe it’s a step in the right direction, a down payment on paying it forward or an example of smart preparation, but some are saying the recent decision by major airlines to include so-called “fire containment” bags actually makes passengers feel less safe.

The idea behind the small fire containment bags is not a bad one. After a slew of headlines about exploding cell phones, mobile device owners – which is pretty much anyone these days – are all wondering if they will be next.

This fear has motivated at least three major U.S.-based airlines to add what they are calling new fire suppression equipment to their aircraft. The AP is reporting that the Federal Aviation Administration has taken the step of warning passengers not to charge their devices on the plane and definitely not to stow them in checked luggage.

Alaska Airlines led the way in adding the fire-containment bags, a preventative measure they could tout as a consideration of passenger service and protection. Virgin followed suit, and Delta recently announced it would be adding the suppression bags as well. But AK Air and their compatriots must walk a fine line between patting themselves on the back and giving their passengers something else to worry about.

It’s no secret that there are really two kinds of air travel passengers, those for whom flying is no big deal and those who are, at least on some level, relatively convinced the plane is going down at any minute.

The bags are not foolproof, but they could be of service. Nothing incites panic on an airplane quite like fire. And, with the concerns about flaming and exploding cell phones, it’s likely passengers are wary. To that end, these bags could be a benefit.

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But for those who just don’t want to have something else to worry about while flying, the bags could provide something else to keep them out of the sky. Just the thought of an exploding cell phone on a flight could be enough to keep some passengers on the ground.

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Ronn Torossian is the founder and CEO of 5W Public Relations, one of the largest independently-owned PR firms in the United States. With over 20 years of experience crafting and executing powerful narratives, Torossian is one of America's most prolific and well-respected Public Relations professionals. Since founding 5WPR in 2003, he has led the company's growth, overseeing more than 175 professionals in the company's headquarters in midtown Manhattan. With clients spanning corporate, technology, consumer and crisis, in addition to digital marketing and public affairs capabilities, 5WPR is regularly recognized as an industry leader and has been named "PR Agency of the Year" by the American Business Awards on multiple occasions. Throughout his career, Torossian has worked with some of the world's most visible companies, brands and organizations. His strategic, resourceful approach has been recognized with numerous awards including being named the Stevie American Business Awards 2020 Entrepreneur of the Year, the American Business Awards PR Executive of the Year, twice over, an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year semi-finalist, Metropolitan Magazine's Most Influential New Yorker, and a 2020 Top Crisis Communications Professional by Business Insider. Torossian is known as one of the country's foremost experts on crisis communications, and is called on to counsel blue chip companies, top business executives and entrepreneurs both in the United States and worldwide. Torossian has lectured on crisis PR at Harvard Business School, appears regularly on CNN & CNBC, was named to PR Week's "40 under Forty" list, is a contributing columnist for Forbes and the New York Observer, and his book, "For Immediate Release: Shape Minds, Build Brands, and Deliver Results With Game-Changing Public Relations" is an industry best-seller. A NYC native, Torossian lives in Manhattan with his children. He is a member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO), and active in numerous charities.