On February 19th, a woman bought herself a ticket from Beijing to Melbourne. As a way to pass the time, she put on her headphones and dozed off. However, she suddenly awoke when she heard a powerful noise and felt her face in great pain. It turned out that she suffered the consequences of exploding headphones. The blast burnt her face, hands, and hair. In light of this unfortunate event, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau took action.
The Victim of the Incident Suffered Severe Burnings
The identity of the victim remained anonymous at the request of the ATSB agency. The woman used a pair of headphones that work on batteries to listen to some music on her long-haul flight. However, her carefree journey reached its end when she felt her face burnt. She described the damaged earpiece as sparkly and with some small portions on fire. As she tried to escape the harmful gadget, it slipped away on her neck. This caused her eyebrows, hair, and skin to be covered in soot.
As she tried to extinguish the fire by stomping on the headphones, the flight attendants intervened by pouring on it water with a bucket. The cover of the headphones together with its battery remained glued to the floor of the plane. For the rest of the flight, all passengers had to put up with an unbearable smell. The bad scent came from melted plastic, burnt hair, and burnt electronics.
The Brand of the Exploding Headphones Was Not Revealed
“The ATSB has assessed that it is the batteries, as the power source, which caught on fire and is therefore the issue… All batteries contain stored energy and are therefore potentially risky.”
Officials at ATSB declined to reveal the brand of the exploding headphones as well. However, they do not want to let this go away too easily. The problem had nothing to do with a particular company. Instead, they identified the cause of the accident to be the lithium-ion batteries. Unfortunately, most gadgets nowadays work on this power source.
As a consequence, ATSB issued a warning on Wednesday intended for the safety of the passengers. The agency reminds people about the hazardous nature of lithium-ion batteries. Passengers should keep these possessions in an approved baggage if they are not using them. Spare batteries should be packed in carry-on baggage, and not checked baggage. Moreover, if passengers encounter any issues regarding smartphones or other gadgets, they should contact the aircrew.
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