Samsung Suspected as Manufacturer of Exploding Wireless Headphones

Exploding Wireless Headphones Currently Under Investigation
  • Save

Who’s responsible for a pair of exploding headphones on a recent international flight?  Samsung’s chronic smartphone explosions are making it a top suspect. (Warning: graphic images)

Imagine this for a second.  You’re traveling on an eleven-and-a-half-hour flight.  Tired, you put on your wireless headphones and fall asleep to your favorite tunes.

Suddenly, you wake to a loud explosion.  You fear the worst.  After feeling a burning sensation in your head, you grab your face. Your headphones suddenly go around your neck.  Yet, you continue to feel burning.  Instinctively, you throw them on the floor. You see sparking and small amounts of fire.

On February 19th, during a Beijing flight to Melbourne, a woman suffered burns after her battery-powered wireless headphones suddenly exploded on her face during mid-flight.  The unnamed woman explained what happened afterwards.

“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.”

Yet, the battery and cover had already melted and stuck to the floor of the aircraft.

Following the explosion, passengers had to endure the smell of burnt hair, burnt electronics, and melted plastic. The unnamed woman explained,

“People were coughing and choking the entire way home.”

Photos of the woman show her hair and eyebrows singed along with black soot.  Yet, the worst injuries came from the woman’s hand.  Pictures show noticeable blisters just below her thumb on her right hand.  Thankfully, the woman didn’t require medical attention.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) explained that the woman was listening to music and had fallen asleep.  About two hours into the flight, the headphones exploded.

In the aftermath of the event, the ATSB issued a travel warning for all Australian passengers. The safety bureau released a statement about the event.

“The ATSB has assessed that it is the batteries, as the power source, that caught on fire and are therefore the issue… All batteries contain stored energy and are therefore potentially risky.”

They advised 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 their device before moving powered seats;
  • if a passenger cannot locate their device, they should refrain from moving their seat and immediately contact a cabin crew member.

The ATSB declined to give the brand name.  But speculation is understandably surrounding Samsung, thanks to a rash of battery explosions tied to its Note 7.  Just recently, Samsung’s actual battery factory exploded (because of course it did).

You can check out the horrifying photos below, released by the ATSB.

(Warning: These images may upset the sensibilities of some readers.)

  • Save

  • Save
Provided by ATSB

 

  • Save

  • Save
Provided by ATSB

 

  • Save

  • Save
Photo by ATSB

3 Responses

  1. Tina

    This is freaking scary!! I’d been trying to find out more info as far as what the company was because I have The Beats Wireless headphones. Although, mine don’t get super hot. They get warm, but never super hot (to any dangerous temperature anyway).

    It would make total sense for it to be Samsung product given that they’ve had this very same issue with their Samsung Galaxy Note 7 that they took off the market not that long ago. They really need to rethink their products and how they’re making them because obviously their products are quite dangerous. I know, for myself, I’ll never buy a Samsung phone or anything else Samsung for that matter. At least, not until they’ve worked out the dangerous kinks in it. Unbelievable!

    • JennyS

      because Samsung is the only company with lots and lots of exploding phones… oh wait there’s apple.
      And curiously Apple released a phone without a headphone jack. Makes Apple a prime suspect, doesn’t it?

  2. bc

    Yawn headline. Actually DMN is the only new outlet mentioning Samsung in this entire situation. There is no evidence Samsung is suspected. However great click bait strategy. Everyone is thinking could it be Samsung, so put up some BS headline about “its suspected” when in fact not only do you have no proof its suspected from a hardware point of view, you don’t even have any supporting evidence to say anyone else in the media camp is suspecting it.