Battery-operated Headphones Blow Up On Sleeping Passenger

When you thought that the Samsung Galaxy S7 Note saga is over, another battery-operated device – a noise cancelling headphones – blew up on a sleeping passenger.

Air China flight CA165 was on its way to Melbourne from Beijing when this incident happened. According to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), a woman was using her personal noise-cancelling headphones when it exploded two hours later into the flight.

She recounted, 

“I continued to feel burning so I grabbed them off and threw them on the floor,”

“They were sparking and had small amounts of fire.”

The flight was not diverted and flight attendants managed to put the torched headphones in a bucket of water to prevent further explosion.

No details were released regarding the brand of the headphones though. It seems to me that the SOP for any potential fire hazard with regard to electronics would be to douse it in water – make sense.

By the way have you watched Samsung’s commercial on their ‘8-point battery safety check’ on their mobile? Catch it here.

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