If the classic non-photographer nightmare is showing up for the first day of school in your underwear, then the underwater shooter version is probably having your camera batteries catch fire at the airport.
That nightmare became a reality for one unlucky traveler: A camera battery exploded at the Orlando last week. The loud bang initially triggered concern of gunfire or explosion, but authorities quickly realized it was an in-camera lithium ion battery that had exploded.
The battery overheated and caused the accompanying camera bag to burst into flames—a scary sight to be sure, but not a real threat. The real hullabaloo ensued when thousands of delayed passengers learned of the cause. Check out this tweet from one frustrated traveler.
To the guy who’s camera battery exploded in the airport causing this to happen ... I’d just like to say that it’s ok buddy these things happen and it only affected 24 flights (at Orlando alone) not to mention the other flights worldwide and the 100s of 1000s of people because you couldn’t turn off your camera... at least everyone is safe #sarcasm #orlando #mco #airport #problems #batteryexploded #travellife #backlash #theinternet #yelledatme #sensitive #crybabies
Obviously, we are glad everyone is okay. Given the temporal and spatial proximity to DEMA 2017 at the Orange County Convention Center, we hope that no underwater photographers are to blame. Either way, it seems like a good time for a PSA reminder: Always keep your lithium ion batteries in carry-on and ideally separate from the camera itself.
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