Battery explosion mid-flight prompts warning

Headphones explode while passenger is wearing them
As the spectrum of products using batteries grows, so does the potential for problems while the gadgets are being used up in the air.
On a recent flight from Beijing to Melbourne, a passenger was listening to music using a pair of her own battery-operated headphones. About two hours into the flight while sleeping, the passenger heard a loud explosion.
“As I went to turn around I felt burning on my face,” she said. “I just grabbed my face which caused the headphones to go around my neck.
“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.
“As I went to stamp my foot on them the flight attendants were already there with a bucket of water to pour on them. They put them into the bucket at the rear of the plane.”
The battery and cover had both melted and stuck to the floor of the aircraft. For the remainder of the flight, passengers had to endure the smell of melted plastic, burnt electronics and burnt hair.
“People were coughing and choking the entire way home,” the passenger said.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau assessed that the batteries in the device likely caught fire. The bureau is reminding passengers using battery-powered devices that “batteries should be kept in an approved stowage, unless in use; spare batteries must be in your carry-on baggage, not checked baggage; if a passenger’s smartphone or other device has fallen into the seat gap, locate the device before moving the seat; if a passenger cannot locate their device, they should refrain from moving their seat and immediately contact a cabin crew member.”
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