‘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 passenger had painful blisters on her hands from her exploding headphones.
Australian Transport Safety Bureau
The plane was filled with the smell of burned hair and plastic for the rest of the trip.
‘People were coughing and choking the entire way home,’ she says.
The ASTB say the battery in the headphones likely caught on fire and want to remind passengers that batteries and battery-powered devices must not be stored in checked luggage, and appropriately stowed away when not in use.