You probably remember the warnings last year about the Galaxy Note 7 phones and how they were blowing up due to a design failure in the lithium batteries in the first batch of recalled phones, and a manufacturing defect in the second.
Well, lithium batteries seem to be at it again, only this time causing headphones to explode. Which, to be honest, is a lot scarier, considering headphones hang out, you know, on your head.
According to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, a woman on a flight from Beijing to Melbourne was wearing headphones when they exploded. The explosion left her with bad burns on her neck, face, hair and hand. The headphones caught fire two hours into the flight when she was asleep and listening to music.
Aside from the plane actually going down, that's one of the scariest scenarios we can imagine happening on an airplane.
"As I went to turn around I felt burning on my face," the woman told the Australian Transport Safety Bureau. "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."
The flight attendants quickly grabbed a bucket of water and threw the headphones in, but the battery and its cover completely melted on the floor of the plane. The brand of headphones hasn't been reported, but as we know from past incidents, lithium batteries are often at the root of exploding tech products.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has guidelines for lithium batteries, portable chargers, and external batteries, which state that all spare batteries must be covered and packed in carry-on luggage. If the carry-on bag ends up being checked at the gate, the passenger must remove the batteries and hang on to them during the flight.
But what worries us most is that the lithium batteries in the woman's headphones weren't spare...they were installed inside.
So yeah, we're worried for the safety of lithium battery owners, as well as everyone around them. Let's hope the FAA and the Department of Transportation can come up with a reasonable solution soon. Perhaps it's also on the tech manufactures to reconsider using lithium batteries in their products to begin with.