Gadget catches fire on flight
The convenience of technology comes at a price. This week, an airline passenger was seriously injured after her battery-operated headphones exploded during a flight and caught fire.
Australian authorities have launched an investigation into the incident. They believe the batteries in the headphones exploded and caught fire about two hours into the flight from Beijing to Melbourne as she slept.
The unidentified woman’s face and hands were left blackened and blistered, and her hair scorched.
She said she heard a loud explosion, felt a burning sensation on her face and threw the headphones on to the floor as they sparked.
Flight attendants came quickly with a bucket of water.
The battery and cover had melted and stuck to the floor of the aircraft. For the rest of the flight, passengers had to put up with the pungent smell of melted plastic, burnt electronics and burnt hair.
The manufacturer of the headphones was not revealed. Australia’s national transport safety investigator said the incident highlighted the growing concerns about battery-operated devices and safety risks on flights.
And, on a larger scale, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 smartphone had to be discontinued after problems with the internal battery caused some handsets to ignite.
However, this is not a feature unique to Samsung, as many other electronic gadgets use the same battery technology. Last year, hoverboards were the must-have Christmas toy – until they started exploding for the very same reason.