Just months ago political candidates were arguing policy and experience, and today all we read, hear, and see is a national debate on sexual mores and conspiracy theories. What’s a fun loving Mac and iPhone user to make of all this? A vacation. And apparently even that has changed in a few months.
Airlines have begun to add red fire containment bags for overheated mobile devices, thanks to Samsung’s desire to sell and explosive device instead of a flagship smartphone packed with modern features.
What’s next? A fire containment bag for our Macs or iPhones or backpacks?
Kudos to whatever genius in product marketing that saw the need to assuage the fear of flying with a plane load of people carrying their own personal bombs. Three U.S. airlines are adding these new fire-suppression bags and other equipment to their planes to help stop fires that are not easily extinguished.
It’s hard to believe that airlines once permitted smoking on flights, amirite?
In the U.S., the Federal Aviation Administration has begun warning passengers not to use or charge certain devices while on board, and not store them in checked luggage where an explosion or fire would be more difficult to detect, let alone extinguish.
Most larger airlines have already equipped their planes with smoke detection systems and fire suppression systems, but only recently have passengers begun bringing onboard their own exploding devices.
What’s interesting about both this phenomenon and trend is the size of the fire suppression and containment bags that airlines have added. These are not tiny bags that wrap around a cellphone. These are bags large enough to handle a traditional notebook. Why? Notebook batteries catch fire, too.
I can’t speak for the technology behind the exploding and flammable batteries in use today, but a quick survey of the Farrington household reveals more than a dozen devices with lithium ion batteries. Those fire containment bags the airlines are beginning to reply can withstand temperatures of up 3,200 degrees (which might be a temperatures similar to my outdoors barbecue, which also might explain why the burgers resemble the charcoal that heats them; but whatever)/
Do we need such containment bags in the home? Open up Amazon on your browser and enter the search term ‘fire containment bag.’ FAA certified bags are in the $400 to $500 range. That’s a small price to pay to help prevent damage when a device’s batteries goes wonky, but it does signify that we’ve entered a new age of electronics; just like the new age of politics where conspiracy theories abound.
Maybe these exploding batteries are a Chinese plot to take over the world. Or, to create a market for fire containment bags.