Camera battery explosion causes panic at Orlando National Airport

Nov 13, 2017

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

Camera battery explosion causes panic at Orlando National Airport

Nov 13, 2017

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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On Friday, 10 November, the passengers at Orlando International Airport were in a panic after hearing what appeared to be a loud gunshot. As it turned out – it was actually a camera lithium ion battery that overheated and exploded in a passenger’s bag.

After an investigation, the Orlando Police Department announced there was no danger for the passengers and the airport staff. Still, the explosion caused panic and fear, as well as dozens of delayed flights.

As WFTV9 writes, the incident was first reported just after 5 p.m. After this, a ground stop was issued and numerous flights were held. Thousands of people began to panic and rushed out of the airport. One of the passengers tells WFTV9 that people were screaming and everyone “hit the ground and people were basically running over each other, trampling each other.”

After the authorities confirmed there was no danger, the checkpoints were reactivated. However, everyone who evacuated from the airport needed to go through security screening again. As a result, there were unusually long lines at the security gates. At least 27 flights were diverted and 24 were canceled.

There have been different attempts to enhance the security measures, none of which was very favorable for photographers. They went from making them put the electronics in the checked luggage, to scanning the cameras separately. The latest proposition is the reverse from the initial electronics ban, and requires passengers to keep the cameras in the carry-on to prevent explosions.

After the incident at Orlando National Airport, a Twitter user asked Orlando Police Department if the camera was in a piece of checked luggage. They said “no,” which means it was in the carry-on. This would be in accordance with the latest FAA’s proposition, but still – it didn’t prevent the battery from exploding.

Although there was no real danger and no one was hurt, this shows that the safety concerns may actually be justified. But, it also shows that putting the Li-Ion battery in the carry-on sometimes isn’t a good idea either. I guess this opens the door to new and possibly even stricter security procedures concerning electronics.

[via WFTV9]

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13 responses to “Camera battery explosion causes panic at Orlando National Airport”

  1. Christopher Pang Avatar
    Christopher Pang

    If this is going to start something, I’m going to be so mad

  2. Craig Johnson Avatar
    Craig Johnson

    Never known a legit manufacturers battery to go critical before….. Chinese cheap copies yes, but not the manufacturers one’s.

    1. Tao, a felcsúti szarvaspanda? Avatar
      Tao, a felcsúti szarvaspanda?

      Samsung Galaxy Notes were sold with Chinese 3rd party batteries I guess…

  3. Lee Ballard Avatar
    Lee Ballard

    America will now ban all batteries but feel free to keep buying guns!

    1. Chris Travis Avatar
      Chris Travis

      Guns are already banned from flights. Unless you are suggesting because of this incident that lawmakers will ban the sale and ownership of all batteries in the USA, then you’re just being silly.

    2. Jessee Antillon Avatar
      Jessee Antillon

      I don’t think ANYONE in America needs your permission to buy guns. We have the 2nd Amendment for that. It’s OUR right, not a privilege.

  4. Kenwyn Rpg Collins Avatar
    Kenwyn Rpg Collins

    Funny they never even mentioned the battery type

    1. Daveo Mclarke Avatar
      Daveo Mclarke

      It didn’t get International right, either.

  5. Alexandre Bettencourt Avatar
    Alexandre Bettencourt

    Great. I can see it now, more restrictions for photographers and videographers. ?

  6. Adrian Duron Avatar
    Adrian Duron

    I thought it was reported to be a laptop battery?

  7. Paul Willy Brown Avatar
    Paul Willy Brown

    Loose battery shorting out against something metal ? Or battery sitting normally in the camera ?

  8. Gary Sthland Avatar
    Gary Sthland

    Attempts by TSA too bring in more regulation its a lie

  9. Trenton Tam Avatar
    Trenton Tam

    wish the article would say what camera it was