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Pair of Wireless Headphones Explodes Mid-Flight

There is plenty of concern when it comes to dealing with electronics that might explode. One Australian woman fell victim to her wireless headphones exploding in the midst of a flight from Beijing to Melbourne. As a result of this event, she suffered from singed hair and a blackened face. Thankfully, the injuries weren’t as grave as they could have been.

Even Wireless Headphones Can Explode

As we have mentioned in a previous article, some devices are far more prone to catching fire of exploding than others. Headphones were not on this list until yesterday, yet it is not unlikely more incidents like these will transpire as more time progresses. After all, wireless headphones and earbuds are becoming far more common these days.

In the case of this unfortunate Australian woman, things did not end all that well. After boarding her flight between Beijing and Melbourne, she was looking to kick back and relax while using wireless headphones. Considering how there is little to do during a flight, enjoying music, an audiobook, or even video content through a wireless headphone is a great way to kill the time. That is, as long as the device does not explode while being used.

It is unclear what triggered this event exactly, we do know the battery-operated headphones exploded mid-flight. That is anything but a fun experience, as it seems to indicate the battery itself was affected by the pressure present at such altitudes. It also paints a troublesome picture for any type of battery-operated electronic device consumers may take with them on a flight moving forward.

Things started to go awry when the headphones in question suddenly started to get very hot briefly before exploding. Once the woman threw the headphones off, she saw they were sparking and small flames were visible. Moreover,  she noticed her hair got singed a bit. However,  the worst part of this experience is how she felt one side of her face burning. Considering an exploding electronic device can generate a lot of heat, it is impossible to tell what could have happened in the worst case scenario.

Thankfully, flight attendants were quick to pour a bucket of water over the headphones after the explosion. Small flames will not cause any significant damage, yet having any type of fire within an airplane is not something to look forward to either. As one would come to expect, the rest of the flight was filled with the smell of melted plastic and burnt hair.

Events like these go to show electronics remain prone to exploding, which is anything but a positive development. Exploding devices can cause a lot of damage, especially if it occurs in the cargo bay. Since no one knows for sure whether or not using the device causes them to be more prone to exploding, it is impossible to tell what possibly could happen in the future. It is not unlikely airlines will prohibit passengers from using battery-operated electronics during flights moving forward, though.

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