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Headphones Explode During Flight to Australia


Pair of black headphones on a table

On Wednesday, the Australian officials announced that a woman suffered minor burns on her face and hands because her headphones caught fire. She reportedly had a pair of battery-operated headphones and she was listening to music on a flight from Beijing to Melbourne. About two hours in, the headphones started heating up. They immediately caught fire, causing the woman to end up with a blackened face and neck. Also, with lots of blisters on her hands.

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The danger of battery-powered headphones

According to the passenger’s declarations, she felt a burning sensation right where the headphones were, on her ears. She quickly took them off and placed them around her neck. They burned her neck to and she finally threw them on the ground. That was the moment when she noticed that they had caught fire. Also, the other passengers reported hearing a loud noise, like a small-scale explosion. The flight attendants helped the woman and poured cold water on the headphones. However, their battery had melted and became stuck to the floor of the plane. According to the woman, whose name was not revealed, all the other passengers were coughing because of the strong smell of melted plastic and burned hair.

The transport safety bureau stated that, following an investigation, they discovered that the batteries of the headphones were the cause of the unfortunate incident. They reportedly were lithium-ion ones. According to the bureau, people need to keep such devices in safe compartments when they do not use them. Unfortunately, recently, there have been many cases of such devices catching fire or even exploding. Those incidents happen especially during flights, probably because of the air pressure. The authorities have not revealed the brand of the headphones or the battery manufacturer until now.

Not the only such incident

Recently, there have been numerous such incidents taking place, all over the world, and especially on flights. On February 18, a plane which had taken off from China had to make an emergency landing in Japan. This happened after a portable power pack caught fire inside a locker. The authorities advised people to carry their spare lithium-ion batteries in a different plastic bag. Also, to keep them in their carry-on luggage. The reason for this is that if a battery or anything else starts a fire, it becomes a very big problem if the staff discovers it too late downstairs. If the passenger has them inside the carry-on luggage, the crew of the plane can easily notice if there is smoke or fire coming out of them.

The case of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones is now famous. Along with the fact that the United States authorities banned passengers to carry such a device with them during flights. They posed an enormous risk after many people had reported that the devices were catching fire during charging. The story is known, including the fact that Samsung attempted to replace the devices, did not succeed and finally issued the biggest recall in history. It cost the company a lot of money. All in all, it seems like such problems also exist inside other devices too and unfortunately, such incidents have become too common.

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